In Chapter 19, a mother in Germany gave birth to Siamese twins, Benjamin and Patrick, who were connected at the back of the head. After months of caring for both of them at the same time she decided surgery was the best option for her own and the boys’ happiness; they had to be separated. The main characters were the Binders family and a team of medical professionals including Ben Carson, the surgeon who performed most of the surgery, which included cutting the twins’ converging veins. The main conflict was when the twins were bleeding at a deadly rate and the team was running out of time before they had to turn the pumps to the twins’ hearts back on.
Chapter 20 Summary
In Chapter 20, the surgery is complete, and the twins are okay! This had never been done successfully before. Reporters were raving in the lobby when Ben Carson came out of the surgery room. He was in the headlines. Benjamin and Patrick continued with their lives; normal lives. They could walk and see. Eventually, they began to roll around. Unfortunately, Patrick aspirated some food into his lungs soon after, and his breathing was never the same again. But for the most part, they were happy, and so were their parents, Theresa Binder and her husband.
Chapter 21 Summary
In Chapter 21, at 2 am in the morning, Candy Carson, Ben Carson’s wife, felt the baby coming. They didn’t have time to make it to the hospital for baby delivery, so Ben delivered her baby in their room! Thus, Benjamin Carson Jr. was born in the Carson’s’ bed. They even had to improvise and use one of Candy’s bobbi pins to clip the umbilical cord. Only then were they able to make it to the local hospital with their newborn. Ben Carson began pondering how he was going to manage his life, now that he had a son. Family was his priority and being the best surgeon he could be and serving God at Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church came soon after.
Chapter 22 Summary
Ben and CAndy Carson share a dream they would like to make a reality: a national scholarship fund for young people with pure academic talent but no money. They believe everyone deserves a chance to accomplish their life-long goals, no matter what financial state they are in. Ben would like to encourage people to think big. If you think big, you can accomplish anything your heart desires. He also thinks it is important for young people to begin focusing on academics instead of music and sports. Making good grades in math, science, language arts, social studies will be critical in being successful in today’s economy. Ben is an inspiration and idol for young people everywhere.