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Mariel got the phone call at work - it was the call every parent dreads

By Julie Schumacher   April 2000

Mariel’s daughter, Finny, accidentally pushed a classmate off the jungle gym at break, and the unlucky girl hit her head, hard, on the way down. She was knocked out, and after she stood up and wobbled into the building, she had a fit; the other children, including eight-year-old Finny, stood in a knot around her as she thrashed as if in rage on the tile floor. A ribbon of urine from the fallen girl approached Finny’s shoes.

Mariel got the phone call at work.

In four days they were supposed to leave the country on a long-awaited family vacation, and…

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