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Nation IN BRIEF : ILLINOIS : Heart Surgery Done on Abducted Girl

From Times staff and Wire reports

A 12-year-old girl abducted by her mother from a Chicago hospital two weeks ago underwent the heart surgery that her mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, had objected to on religious grounds. Kimberly Winfield was in critical but stable condition after open heart surgery to correct damage she suffered from rheumatic fever five years ago, doctors at Children’s Memorial Hospital said. Caroline Winfield, a 35-year-old homeless woman, abducted the girl from the hospital on May 10. She surrendered several days later and was charged with child abduction.


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