Old Wives' Tales
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Toxin du jour
Claim: Your help is needed to identify a tsunami victim, a young girl who 'does not remember anything.'
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: This is another case of an e-mailed plea to help locate or identify a lost child that has continued to circulate long after its goal has been accomplished.
The youngster pictured above is a German girl named Sophia Marleen Michl who was caught up in the Indian Ocean tsunami on
Police Dept. Hochtaunus (West Hessen) press release:Last updated: 17 July 2005
With the stories coming out of media reports about those lost in the sea earthquake in Asia on
Sophia was seriously injured in the undersea earthquake, but survived and was admitted to the Vachira Hospital in Phuket.
On 29 Dec. 2004, Sophia was able to be transported from Thailand to Germany, and is receiving further medical treatment here. (Germany) She is doing reasonably well considering the circumstances. She is being lovingly cared for by her relatives. The status of her parents is at this point unknown.
Through the attention of the media and the help of local citizens, it was possible to identify her relatives and deliver Sophia into their hands.
Because of this, a special thank you is being sent out to all the volunteer helpers, but everyone is also requested to please hold off on questions and emails so that Sophia can recover from her experiences within the circle of her family.
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