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MR / East Herkimer, NY / Pine Grove Home..Mother (79) hugs and speaks to daughter with special needs (37, Down syndrome) on visit at group home.  Daughter has recently (6 months ago) made the transition from living in her family home to an ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) group home.  Her various medical conditions include: ..-being legally blind: detached retinas in both eyes, eye surgery, now has no vision in one eye, and a clouded cornea and rapidly deteriorating vision in the other..-scoliosis: she has had surgery and has a steel rod in her back, but spine is still not straight (is at 60 degrees)..-because of a small esophagus, which caused frequent choking on food, she had an endoscopy to stretch her esophagus..MR:  Bab3   Bab1..© Ellen B. Senisi