Genre: Biography/Inspirational
Publisher: Quadrant Books
ISBN: 9781937868116
About the Book

The Inspiring True Story of a Boy’s Survival and Triumph

Warner Center Street (as Up and Running)
September 2005
Format: Hardcover
Quadrant Books reissue
July 30, 2012

While out with his family one night, six-year-old Andrew Bateson feels suddenly feverish. Although they do not yet know it, Andrew has bacterial meningitis, one of the fastest and deadliest of all infections.

Over the next three weeks, as Andrew lies in a coma, the hospital fights an often minute-by-minute battle to keep him alive. Overwhelmed, Andrew’s parents pull away from each other, and their friends wonder if the marriage will survive. While doctors ultimately saved Andrew’s life, they weren’t able to save his legs. Both had to be amputated below the knees. Some questioned whether he would ever walk again. Yet as he recovered, Andrew stunned his family by saying he wanted to play ice hockey. What happened next stunned them even more.

Just the Way He Was Before is a true story of unexpected triumph—of medicine, family, and faith. And of the human spirit itself.


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About the Author
Mark Patinkin

Mark Patinkin has been writing a thrice-weekly column for the Providence Journal for over thirty years. In 1985, he published An African Journey (Eerdmans), a journalistic account of famine. In 1986, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting for a series on religious violence in Belfast, India, and Beirut. In 1989, he co-authored The Silent War (Random House) about the world’s most competitive companies. He has published a collection of columns and two local humor books, one of which, The Rhode Island Dictionary (QuahogMaid Books), is considered Rhode Island’s all-time best-selling book. His last book, Up And Running, a medical and personal drama about a boy who lost two legs but went on to play ice hockey, was published by Center Street, an imprint of Hachette Book Group and reissued as an eBook by Quadrant Books.


Mark has also worked as a “book doctor,” most recently rewriting the manuscript for Acceptance, a nonfiction drama about a Long Island college counselor fighting to get his kids into college, published by Penguin.


He is an accomplished public speaker, and has won three New England Emmy awards for “video columns” done for Rhode Island’s ABC affiliate.


Mark grew up in Chicago, graduated from Middlebury College and currently lives in Providence.

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