Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) is pleased to host a special book signing by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Jr. who authored “When Breath Becomes Air,” which is currently a #1 New York Times bestseller. The public is invited to meet Lucy, who will discuss and sign copies of the book from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at the Mohave conference room adjacent to the KRMC cafeteria. Free refreshments will be served.
“When Breath Becomes Air” has become a national sensation. Dr. Lucy Kalanithi has recently discussed the book with Katie Couric on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.” Additionally, she has appeared in People Magazine, PBS-TV “Newshour,” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. The son of local cardiologist, Paul Kalanithi Sr., he grew up in Kingman and graduated from Kingman High School. He went to Stanford University where he earned degrees in human biology and English literature. He attended the University of Cambridge in the UK, earning Master’s degrees in history and in philosophy of science and medicine. He then returned to the US and graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine. He returned to Stanford to complete his residency training in neurological (brain) surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience.
At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. On March 9, 2015, less than two years after his diagnosis, he passed away at the age of 37.
During his illness, Paul penned “When Breath Becomes Air,” which chronicles his experience, thoughts, and emotions from the dual perspective of a doctor dedicated to caring for his patients and as a patient himself who is facing death. As a meditation on mortality, his account is an ultimate celebration of life. It inspires the reader to consider the essential issues of human existence.
Paul’s wife Lucy wrote the epilogue to the book. She states, “It’s an honor to come to Paul’s hometown where his amazing viewpoint and values were first established. My hope is that his story will encourage the people of Kingman and especially the youth. All can take pride in the wonderful man who came from their community and know that they too are capable of accomplishing great things that can truly benefit others.”
On Saturday, February 20th, Dr. Kalanithi will also conduct two other book signings in Kingman. She’ll be at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Avenue from10:00am to 1:00pm, where she’ll also read from the book. At 3:00 p.m. she’ll be at Hastings Bookstore, 3153 N. Stockton Hill Road.
Photo Captions: Dr. Lucy Kalanithi (right) with Katie Couric on the set of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.” (Courtesy of Radom House Publishing)]. Paul Kalanithi Jr. and Lucy with their daughter Elizabeth Acadia and Paul’s parents, Sue and Dr. Paul Kalanithi Sr. (Courtesy of the Kalanithi family).