Medicine: Squeezed Windpipe

When she was a week old, Sandy Kaplan had a wheeze, and sometimes her breathing made a sort of crowing noise. Doctors at Manhattan's Woman's Hospital knew there was something wrong with her, but did not know what. Her first day at home, Sandy turned white, then blue around the mouth, and almost suffocated. Her mother, a practicing attorney, learned to give Sandy only a couple of ounces of food at a time. That meant 20 feedings a day.

Muriel Kaplan dared not let the baby out of her sight. She all but gave up her law practice. She and her husband...

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