When a Child’s Illness “Goes Viral”



Hindy Poupko Galena holds her daughter, Ayelet, who died on January 31 after a battle with a bone marrow disease.

Our friends over at the Forward wrote a fascinating and moving piece about little Ayelet Galena. Her parents chronicled her sickness and eventual death on a blog that brought thousands of strangers into their family’s life and struggle. One bioethicist called it wrong to write about their child when she was too young to give consent. Here at Kveller we’re no strangers to sharing all.


Read The Forward article here

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Deborah Kolben

Deborah Kolben is Editorial Director/Founding Editor of Kveller. She formerly covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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