David Hiltbrand
April 29, 1991 12:00 PM

NBC (Sun., April 28, 9 P.M. ET)

B

This fact-based miniseries begins in 1978 when two couples have babies days apart at a rural Florida hospital. Brian Kerwin and Judith Hoag take home a healthy girl. The daughter of Bonnie Bedelia and John Jackson is diagnosed with a congenital heart problem. It isn’t until nine years later that Bedelia and Jackson discover, via genetic testing, that the child, whose health continues to deteriorate, could not possibly be theirs.

As the media pitches its circus tent around them, the couple begin a legal battle to establish the identity of their biological child, who it turns out is with the now widowed Kerwin.

Despite a dreary exposition, this tragedy, based on the real experience of the Mays and Twigg families, which concludes the following night, is worthwhile. That’s because of Michael O’Hara’s quietly plausible script, solid performances by Kerwin and Jackson and a memorably visceral one by Bedelia.

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