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Hampton Family Gets Great News

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HAMPTON, VA — June 30, 1996, 8:25 a.m. EDT

- A former Hampton resident thought to have been among the 19 Americans killed when a truck bomb exploded at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia has been found alive in a hospital.

Air Force spokeswoman Captain Kathleen Cook says Airman Paul A. Blais, formerly of Hampton, is in very serious condition at King Faisal University Hospital in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Air Force officials originally thought Blais' remains were among those yet to be identified following the blast.

Blais' mother, Maria Taylor of Hampton, says the Air Force called last night with the good news.

``It's a wonderful feeling'' she said. ``It's the best day of my life.''

Mrs. Taylor says her son is to be transferred to a hospital in Germany on Monday and that she and her husband -- along with Blais' father and stepmother -- will travel to Germany to be with him on Monday.

``I just want to love him, and tell him that I am there, and hold his hand and tell him millions of beautiful things'' Mrs. Taylor said

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