All My Children Story Lines Often Focus on Sick Kids

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Right now on All My Children, Zach and Kendall are worried sick over their little one, Ian (born dangerously premature). But Soap Opera Digest makes a good point:

They're just the latest in a long line of Pine Valley parents whose precious offspring have faced awful health crises...

Bianca Montgomery:
While pregnant with Bianca, her daughter with Travis (Larkin Malloy), in 1988, Erica (Susan Lucci) contracted toxemia and nearly died. She delivered a healthy baby girl, but in 1990, Binks (Caroline Wilde) became ill with Reye's syndrome after ingesting some aspirin that Travis gave her. Erica, who was engaged to Jack at the time, reconciled with Travis for Bianca's sake.

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Spike Lavery:
With mom Kendall (Alicia Minshew, pictured) in a coma in the late stages of pregnancy, things were touch-and-go for Spike, who had to be delivered via emergency C-section in 2006. He pulled through, much to Kendall and dad Ryan's (Cameron Mathison) relief.

Beth Martin:
Anne (Judith Bancroft) and Paul (William Mooney) were devastated when, during her 1976 pregnancy with Beth, Anne was struck with toxoplasmosis. Beth was born with severe mental retardation and tragically, in 1977, she passed away in her sleep, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Leora Hayward:
In 2003, Anna (Finola Hughes) gave birth prematurely to a baby girl that she and the child's father, David, named after his late brother, Leo. Leora had a cardiac condition and Anna pushed David to allow the newborn to undergo surgery. Tragically, she didn't survive the operation.

Baby Chandler:
Liza (Marcy Walker) and her heir-obsessed husband, Adam (David Canary), looked forward to the 1997 birth of their baby, but while on a TransGlobal flight that experienced turbulence, Liza went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn child. Grief-stricken Liza became estranged from Adam when she learned that he owned the airlines and his cost-cutting measures had imperiled her flight. Their relationship improved when Liza discovered that fifth disease had actually caused her miscarriage.

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All My Children Quotes

Erica Kane: This Trey Shepherd is as cold and as ruthless as they come.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: It's about time someone's got in his way.
Erica Kane: Made him pay for all the damage he's done.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: A nice long stretch behind bars.
Erica: No time off for good behavior.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: And a bunkmate, named Bubba, who wants to be his special friend.

Kendall Hart Cambias: No way. A kiss on the boo-boo and that makes it all better? How the hell could she be so patronizing?
Ryan Lavery: This is not the time...
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, really, how can she do this to Bianca? After this pretty little show. She'll have her prefect baby, her perfect marriage, and her perfect life, and what the hell will Bianca have?
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, it's all right.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Bianca, it really isn't all right. She's not doing this to ease your pain. She's doing this to cover her own pathetic guilt. Isn't that right, Babe? Isn't that what you're doing?
Arabella 'Babe' Carey Cramer Chandler: No.
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, really, no? ok, well you know what, you don't deserve a happily ever after, Babe, and after everything you've done, you will never, ever get it. Your fairy tale will crash and burn, and you'll deserve everything you get.
Bianca Montgomery: Kendall, don't.
Kendall Hart Cambias: And when the sky falls, you'll remember this day and exactly what I said.
Myrtle Lum Fargate: Time to hide those spinning wheels.
Kendall Hart Cambias: This had to be said, Bianca. You cannot believe a word out of that girl's mouth.
Bianca Montgomery: She's my friend!
Kendall Hart Cambias: She's a user. She doesn't care who she guts on the way. She's only out for herself. Isn't that right Babe?