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March 16, 2008

By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

The parents of the 9-year-old girl who won a government settlement described how their hearts were broken as they watched their bright, red-haired daughter deteriorate into an irritable, odd-behaving toddler after she got several childhood shots.

"Suddenly my daughter was no longer there," said Terry Poling, the girl's mother, in a news conference Thursday. She and her husband Jon said their daughter, Hannah, has been diagnosed with autism.

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