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Heart and soul: Tragedy strikes Arkansas family

Husband’s, daddy’s love an ever-fixed mark

By Ginny Monk

This article was originally published July 9, 2017 at 4:12 a.m. Updated July 10, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Brenda Wezowicz holds a photo of her granddaughter, Karma Wezowicz, as she sits in front of the butterfly garden they had planned together.

Matthew, Karma and Renata Wezowicz stand in Times Square in New York City at the end of August 2016 while on vacation before Karma started first grade...

A butterfly lands on a flower in Brenda Wezowicz’s garden in Beebe on June 11. It was the first butter!y to visit the garden that she planted in memor...

About sickle cell disease

About 100,000 Americans suffer from sickle cell disease, although millions around the world have it, according to estimates from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The sickle shape of red blood cells caused by sickle cell disease die earlier and can get clogged in small blood vessels.

Women with sickle cell disease tend to have more problems with pregnancy, including pain episodes and increased risk of delivering a premature or low birth-weight baby.

Most people with sickle cell disease start showing symptoms at about 5 months old. The only sure solution is a bone transplant, which can have complications and may lead to death, although there is medication that can alleviate or reduce complications of the disease.

Mortality rates for children with sickle cell are down significantly, and the average life expectancy of someone with sickle cell is 42 years for males and 48 years for females, according to a report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Matthew Wezowicz knew he was in love that night -- not the hormone-driven love of teenagers, but the until-death-do-us-part kind of love. He was 17.

Matthew, Karma and Renata Wezowicz stand in Times Square in New York City at the end of August 2016 while on vacation before Karma started first grade...

A butterfly lands on a flower in Brenda Wezowicz’s garden in Beebe on June 11. It was the first butter!y to visit the garden that she planted in memor...

About sickle cell disease

About 100,000 Americans suffer from sickle cell disease, although millions around the world have it, according to estimates from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The sickle shape of red blood cells caused by sickle cell disease die earlier and can get clogged in small blood vessels.

Women with sickle cell disease tend to have more problems with pregnancy, including pain episodes and increased risk of delivering a premature or low birth-weight baby.

Most people with sickle cell disease start showing symptoms at about 5 months old. The only sure solution is a bone transplant, which can have complications and may lead to death, although there is medication that can alleviate or reduce complications of the disease.

Mortality rates for children with sickle cell are down significantly, and the average life expectancy of someone with sickle cell is 42 years for males and 48 years for females, according to a report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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smmlv3 says... July 9, 2017 at 7:03 a.m.

This story is tragic in so many ways. Praying for all concerned.

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wetchaos1 says... July 9, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

Have seen too much of this in my life . . . No words are adequate to describe the loss.

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Toenails says... July 9, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

There is something missing from this story: guns don't "go off" while in a person's lap unless someone pulls the trigger.

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DoubleBlind says... July 9, 2017 at 3:20 p.m.

A tragedy, certainly, but more to the point, gross negligence resulting in the wholly unnecessary and preventable death of a child. Both men should go to prison.

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YoungHog says... July 10, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.

so very sad.. I feel for the family..

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