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Hope, love radiate through story of loss

   There can be no joy, none whatsoever, in losing a child.

   But Kim and George Hermance felt a huge sense of relief three years after their daughter Emily died.

   After three years of detailed research and plenty of legal actions, they proved their innocence in her death, beyond any doubt. They also sent a message to authorities, about the need for sensitivity in dealing with anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child.

   The best part for the Hermances, though, is that they now can look back and realize that all the lessons they learned in dealing with Emily's tough physical condition helped them fight their winning battle.

   They're free, in a sense, to celebrate her life again. So yes, this remains a story of sadness, but one mixed in with hope and plenty of love.

  -- Gene Warner

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