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Baby 81

Parents of tsunami survivor say it's difficult feeling joy amid so much sadness

The parents of a little tsunami survivor say it's hard to feel overjoyed in the midst of so much tragedy. The four-month-old Sri Lankan baby and his parents, who were reunited after court-ordered DNA tests proved their relationship, appeared this morning on ABC. Speaking through an interpreter, the baby's father said they "know something special happened" but added he and his wife "never truly felt joy." The boy, whose name is Abilass, was swept from his mother's arms December 26th. He was rescued and taken to a hospital, where he got the nickname "Baby 81" because he was the 81st person admitted that day. The child's mother says she doesn't like the nickname because it's "associated with sadness and worry." She says his real name means "hope."

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