3-Year-Old From Aids-Ravaged Family Dies
MONTPELIER, Vt. - A 3-year-old girl whose father committed suicide rather than watch his family destroyed by AIDS has died of the disease, a month after her mother.
The death of Angela Folsom on Sunday left just one survivor in the family of Jennifer Folsom, who made her battle with AIDS public this summer to show that the disease can strike the traditional family in rural America.
Another daughter, 5-year-old Nicolette, has not tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus.
Angela, who never learned to walk, moved in with her grandparents after her mother died Sept. 3.
``She was just worn down,'' said Fred Kenney, her uncle. ``A lot of it was the transition of losing her mother and moving to another home.''
``I have mixed feelings,'' he said. ``Mostly I'm glad that she's not in pain anymore, because she had been on morphine. Of course we hate to see her go.''
Jennifer Folsom believed she contracted acquired immune deficiency syndrome through a blood transfusion during an emergency appendectomy in 1979 - before blood supplies were tested for HIV.
She was diagnosed with the disease in 1988, and tests later found that Angela also had AIDS.
``Over the last three or four weeks she deteriorated just the way Jennifer did,'' Kenney said.
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