June 28, 2009
Your child is dying. She has a genetic disease. She needs a bone-marrow transplant to save her life. You want more children. You can’t take the risk of having any more children the natural way, so you consider your options.
So begins the story of one Colorado family, Jack and Lisa Nash and their daughter Molly.
Almost nine years ago, their story made headlines around the world and led to stories in Newsweek and BBC News. Their story became a seed for a book by author Jodi Picoult.
A film adaptation of her novel “My Sister’s Keeper” comes to theaters this weekend. The story is fiction and offers a far different outcome than what happened for the Nashes. Still, the Nash family is growing accustomed to the attention.
“We did something so new and so cutting edge that it’s always going to be this way forever, and as the kids get older, they’re going to have to learn how to deal with it,” Lisa Nash said.
When Molly was very young, she was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia. Her parents were told she likely would not live beyond age 7. For a time, the Nashes made the decision to postpone expanding their family for fear they would have another child with the same disease.
They turned to in-vitro