Parents: Losing a Child - Twice

Losing a Child -- Twice

For Ernest and Regina Twigg of Langhorne, Pa., the death of their nine-year- old Arlena after heart surgery last month was heartbreaking -- on top of anguish that began after presurgery tests of Arlena's blood revealed she was Type B positive. The Twiggs both have Type O blood, which meant that Arlena probably had not been their natural child.

Devastated by this news, the parents reviewed oddities surrounding their daughter's birth at Hardee Memorial Hospital in Wauchula, Fla., on Dec. 2, 1978. After delivery, their pink-cheeked infant scored a perfect 10 on the Apgar health rating. Nevertheless the baby the Twiggs...

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