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Fostering where others have failed; Cynthia Bowen didn't withdraw into retirement, but took on badly burned Baby B.

Austin American Statesman, Dec. 2, 2006http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/12/2/2FLYNN.html About eight years ago, Cynthia Bowen lost control of her Mazda Miata on Interstate 35. The tiny sports car whipped around, pointing in the direction of oncoming traffic. OK, God, she thought with a strange serenity, this is how it ends.  But that wasn't how it ended. Not by a long shot. She escaped unharmed, which some people might have taken as good luck, but which Cynthia saw as divine providence. God, she believed, had something in store for her.. Cynthia went to Galveston last year to visit her daughter, Kanika Bowen, an intern with University of Texas Medical Branch. Kanika was doing a rotation at Shriners Burn Hospital. Cynthia planned to volunteer at the unit while she was there, never intending to become attached to a sweet baby whose needs were so numerous that even the nurses couldn't keep up. She found in July 2005 that something was Baby B. — a 10-month-old boy whose mother had allegedly held him in scalding water, burning the tender skin on his arms, legs and buttocks — a baby left in a Galveston hospital bed immobilized by splints and cruelly stung by pain, who couldn't even receive hugs, who could only stare at one hospital wall, who never saw his mother again.



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