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Stepping back from a narrative

What made this story so good wasn't just that Andrea Curtis wrote a searing narrative about her son's premature birth, Bruce Gillespie says on Nieman Storyboard. It was how she wove it with a serious discussion of the costs and ethics of helping such babies survive. "Is it right to keep the tiniest, most at-risk babies alive outside the womb just because we can?" Curtis asks "And most critically, what are the short- and long-term consequences?"