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Tainted Blood

A husband wouldn’t have to cradle the college sweetheart who became his wife in his arms as she takes her last breaths of life. A life, bear in mind, spent 36 years in a body too compromised by sickness to, at one time, deliver alive the twins she had yearned to leave with her husband as a legacy of their love.

In a much better world, a stoic 7-year-old who lost her spleen and gall bladder at 4 wouldn’t need monthly blood transfusions to prolong the life she had with her family among the bucolic Colorado communities bordering the Rocky Mountains. While a violin prodigy just four months her senior endures his own life-sustaining transfusions in a mountain-outlying city of the Carolinas. Having regained the ability robbed by three strokes in two years to play the instrument he first picked up at age 2, his parents now grapple to raise money for the bone marrow transplant they’re convinced will cure him.

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