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 Arlena Beatrice Rose Twigg

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Arlena Beatrice Rose Twigg

  • Birth 29 Nov 1978 Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida, USA
  • Death 23 Aug 1988 Browns Mills, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 10055728

Folk Figure. Arlena was switched at birth with Kimberly Michelle Mays. Arlena (actually Kimberly) was born with a heart defect and not expected to live. She was switched with a healthy baby, which some believe was quite possibly intentional. The switch was discovered when she was 9 years old, shortly before she was to undergo open heart surgery. Although the surgery was a success, she died later that night, surrounded by her parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, and sister Irisa. It was discovered that she was actually the biological daughter of Bob and Barbara Mays. Barbara had died several years earlier of ovarian cancer. The "real" Arlena, who was raised as Kimberly Mays didn't live with her biological parents until she was in her teens. Arlena and Kimberly's story has been the subject of a made-for-television movie "Switched At Birth," and a book "The Baby Swap Conspiracy."

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  • Originally Created by: A Marine Daughter
  • Added: 6 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10055728
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Arlena Beatrice Rose Twigg (29 Nov 1978–23 Aug 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10055728, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Langhorne, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .