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Column: Painful losses endure for Kaepernicks

Updated: January 31, 2013, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

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By TIM DAHLBERG

AP Sports Columnist

NEW ORLEANS -- Lance Kaepernick was 23 days old when he died.

He seemed normal when his parents brought him home. Then everything, suddenly, went tragically wrong. Two open heart surgeries couldn't save the tiny baby Rick and Teresa Kaepernick had so joyfully welcomed into their lives.

Their next son never made it out of the hospital. Kent Kaepernick was 4 days old when he died, also of a heart defect.

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