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STRENGTHENING BONDS. Motherhood And AIDS


Lourdes Segade

Angelita is 85 and her youngest son, Ángel Luis, is 47. They should be living their own lives separately but Ángel has a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. And his mom has taken the option of looking after him until her last day. Since the first case of AIDS was reported in Spain in 1981 the disease has progressively increased. Three of every 1.000 inhabitants are infected with HIV and there are around 2.000 to 3.000 new annual infections. For society these people are invisible. But the fact is that a positive result in an HIV test can also be a bond to family or friends. The family response to the announcement of an HIV+ test is usually positive. After the initial shock there’s one member of the family who tends to strongly link herself to the infected son or daughter; she’s the mother. Many times, mothers who had lost touch with her sons and daughters because of their independence welcome them back and look after them when they announce they are infected, no matter how they got the virus. This reportage explores the relationship between Angelita and her son Ángel Luis, who got sick in 2001. Doctors estimated that he had been infected with HIV for 20 years without knowing. Ángel was a heroin abuser and he too liked having sex with prostitutes. He begun being a drug addict during duty at the military service. Despite all the problems he brought to his mother’s life, she opened her arms for him every time he needed help, and she took the option of looking after him again when he became sick. By choosing this way of living, Angelita lost most of the members of her family, including her two sons-in-law and all their sons and daughters. Even though she knows that Ángel’s sicknes has brought her many problems in an age when she should be living a quiet life, she promisses that none will take her son far away from her while she is alive.


 

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Angelita (left) is 85 and her youngest son, Ángel Luis, 47. They should be living their own lives separately but circumstances don’t allow them to do so. Ángel has a cerebral atrophy caused by HIV. He’s got AIDS. And his mom has taken the option of looking after him until her last day.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) is HIV+. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she puts the jacket to her son to prepare him for their daily walk. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on someone to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita finds some comfort for her situation in religion.

Madrid, Espagne - 02/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel goes up the stairs sitting on his automatic chair. They had to buy it five months ago since Angelita wasn’t able to carry her son upstairs anymore.

Madrid, Espagne - 02/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis sits outside with his mother and two neighbors. Helped by his mother on week-ends and by Geanit (a social worker) during the week, Ángel goes outside two hours every day right in front of the flat where he lives, since he cannot go further. Ángel Luis has AIDs. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 04/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel goes up the stairs sitting on his automatic chair. They had to buy it five months ago since Angelita wasn’t able to carry her son upstairs anymore.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) needs a daily cocktail of pills in order to control the virus. He is HIV+ and when he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) helps her son Ángel Luis (47) to sit. He lays in bed all day long but the minutes before he goes outside for a walk in the morning and the meal times. They are always alone. Angelita says that the rejection towards her and her sick son began when it was known in the family that Ángel Luis was a drug addict. However, six years ago, when they all were told that Ángel had AIDS, some members of the family closed the door to him and his mother. They have no contact.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) is HIV+ and when he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita supervises his son as he has lunch. Due to his disability he has many difficulties to grab the fork or the glass, for instance. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) waits for his mother to help him after WC. Ángel Luis is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she waits for her son Ángel Luis (47) to finish in WC. Ángel Luis is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she helps her son Ángel Luis (47) with his trousers after WC. Ángel Luis is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on his mother to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she wraps her son. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on someone to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángeles (64), Ángel Luis' oldest sister, as she combs her brother's hair. She tries to visit her mother and brother every sunday for a short while. When it was known that Ángel had AIDS, Ángeles' husband and children closed the door to him and his mother. They have no contact.

Madrid, Espagne - 04/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita gets made up and ready to go out. She likes looking good.

Madrid, Espagne - 04/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita as she does the shopping helped by her four years old granddaughter.

Madrid, Espagne - 09/03/2007

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Ángel Luis as he walks with his mother, helped by Geanit, the woman who takes him outside two hours every day right in front of the flat where he lives, since he cannot go further. A colombian who works as home assistant, Geanit lost a younger brother because of AIDS, and she knows quite well what it is to be HIV+. Ángel Luis has AIDs too. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) helps his son Ángel Luis (47) lay in bed. In the wall outside the room, the wedding portraits of Angelita's three other daughters and son and of some of her grandsons and grandaughters. The woman says that the rejection towards her and her sick son began when it was known in the family that Ángel Luis was a drug addict. However, six years ago, when they all were told that Ángel had AIDS, some members of the family closed the door to him and his mother. They have no contact.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) says that he belives in God. His mother is devoted to many catholic saints and virgins; she saids it helps her handle the difficult situations he goes through.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she puts the shoes on her son's feet to prepare him for their daily walk. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on someone to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita (85) as she helps her son Ángel Luis get to the bathroom. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on someone to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita holds the door to help Manolo and Basilio, who are trying to make Ángel Luis go up the step. Manolo and Basilio are both HIV+ and they are volunteers of the association INAEQUO, where Ángel Luis attends once a week. INAEQUO helps HIV+ people. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He was declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita feeds her son Ángel Luis at lunch time in INAEQUO. INAEQUO is an association that helps HIV+ people, run by volunteers, some of them HIV+ too. Ángel Luis goes there with his mother once a week. It is the day he expects the most to arrive, since it is his only opportunity to go outside home and meet other people.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita helps his son Ángel Luis go out of the toilet at INAEQUO, where Ángel Luis attends once a week. INAEQUO is an association that helps HIV+ people. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He was declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita and her son Ángel Luis as they have a snack while watching a soap opera after lunch at INAEQUO. INAEQUO is an association that helps HIV+ people, run by volunteers, some of them HIV+ too. Ángel Luis goes there with his mother once a week. It is the day he expects the most to arrive, since it is his only opportunity to go outside home and meet other people.

Madrid, Espagne - 07/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis sits outside with his mother. Helped by his mother on week-ends and by Geanit (a social worker) during the week, Ángel goes outside two hours every day right in front of the flat where he lives, since he cannot go further. Ángel Luis has AIDs. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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A shabby tattoo of the Rolling Stones reveals the rebel past of Ángel Luis, who used to abuse heroin –as a dot tattoed on his hand tells– and to have sex with prostitutes. Ángel Luis (47) is disabled due to a cerebral atrophy caused by AIDS. He totally depends on someone to live.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis as he is showered by Yolanda, a social worker who gives him a shower every morning. Ángel Luis has AIDs. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis as he gets ready after shower helped by Yolanda, a social worker who gives a shower to Ángel every morning. Ángel Luis has AIDs. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Angelita as she watches TV in the morning while his son is in bed. She spends most of the day alone in front of the television.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) is HIV+. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled.

Madrid, Espagne - 05/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.

 

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Ángel Luis (47) is HIV+. When he first got sick –six years ago– doctors estimated that he had been infected for 20 years without knowing. In the moment he went in hospital in 2001 and got cerebral atrophy, he had a CD4 account of 80. After one month in hospital it had raised up to 251. He totally depends on his mother to live. He spends all day in bed but two hours, when he goes outside for a walk. Ángel Luis has been declared by doctors 99% disabled. His mother, who is 85, takes care of him

Madrid, Espagne - 03/03/2007

This story is part of EVE Photographers project 'Motherhood And AIDS'. If published as a series, besides crediting it Lourdes Segade / EVE / Picturetank, it would be great to mention the project. THESE PICS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED IN SPAIN, UNDER ANY CONCEPT.



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