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Families wait impatiently for news about victims

By Brian Brus and Sharon Dowell

April 20, 1995

A few parents wept openly, while others begged medical personnel for information about their children.

"Have you seen your kids? " one woman tearfully asked another waiting parent.

This was the scene at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, 940 NE 13, Wednesday, as bomb victims' relatives arrived in search of hopeful news.

James and Teresa Harmon sat in the hospital lobby, talking quietly as they held hands and awaited word of their son who had been at the YMCA day care, near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

"They said there was an explosion at one of the federal buildings. It just didn't click that he (son) was down there," James Harmon said, shaking his head.

By 11 a.m., the lobby was crammed with parents frantic for news of their children, who had been transported to the hospital from the YMCA day care and the Our Uncle Sam's day care inside the federal building.

University Hospital and Children's Hospital officials set up rooms where relatives of the injured were taken to await word of their loved ones. Several chaplains were on hand to offer support.

At Southwest Medical Center, 1001 SW 44, relatives of Robyn Parent, 35, of Shawnee, nervously waited. Parent received eye injuries when the computer terminal where she was working exploded. Her office was on the seventh floor of the federal building.

"We don't know if she'll see again," her sister, Debbie Harris, said tearfully. Family members, including her parents, Doris and James Mathews, and her husband, Richard Harris, 1 talked with Parent before she went into surgery late Wednesday morning.

"She's very upset," Debbie Harris said. "She's really worried about all the people she works with. "

Staff Writer Carla Hinton contributed to this report.

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