Two Parents Offer Their Daughter the Breath of Life -- to No Avail

Did Cindy and Roger Plum of Coon Rapids, Minn., overstep the limits of parental sacrifice to try to save their 9-year-old daughter Alyssa? Although their efforts failed, both parents say they would do it again -- and again.

Last New Year's Eve, Alyssa took to bed with symptoms that suggested bronchitis. Three months later, she was rushed to a hospital emergency room with a high fever. Doctors suspected a virus, but sent her home. Two days later, Alyssa was at her doctor's office with pneumonia. Within days her skin turned blue from lack of oxygen. By mid-April she was on a...

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