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Families Hold Vigils at Wrong Bedsides

Associated Press

The families of two 17-year-old girls badly injured in a car wreck kept vigil at the wrong bedside for more than a week before one of the girls woke up and ended the confusion.

“Apparently, the two kids involved were the same age, had the same colored eyes, both were unconscious, and both had swelled features,” Hurley Hospital President Glenn Fosdick said.

The family of Regina Stoolmaker watched over a girl in a Flint hospital for eight days before she regained consciousness Thursday and uttered her name, Jamie Lynn Ayliffe, as well as her Social Security number and birthday.

Stoolmaker, it turned out, was in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Mich., where Ayliffe’s family had been keeping watch.

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