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end of "inside story". i'm ray suarez, from washington. on "america tonight" - making babies beyond borders. our investigation into international sur gassy and what can go wrong. cautionary tales from would-be parents who lost tens of thousands on dreams of having children. and the risky business of spending money for nothing. >> there's no guarantees. it's not babies are us, or you walk away with a child nine months after paying. why and where - first signs
of trouble a lot sooner. >> we passed the point of no return in this sector. at this point it's a matter of time before the glaziers completely disappear to sea. and finding a home on the range. in our american treasure series a horse whisperer bringing a gentle touch to the wild. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm joie chen. the dream of having a baby is hard to resist, even with the costs - financial and emotional gash -- - are high. >> we looked at making babies through international sur gassy, it's less expensive outside the u.s. there are risks.
adam may investigated some services that promised baby love but left some would-be parents with heart ache. >> reporter: we obtained a document called planet hospital, in california, is under federal investigation. it and its c.e.o. have been featured in the media. you might say they were a go-to respected voice when it comes to international sur gassy. dassens of people who -- dozens of people who wanted babies claim they were duped. the department of justice wants answers. >> reporter: cancun mexico - sur surf, sun and sure gassy. >> it was a disaster. the whole process unravelled. >> jonah and chris palmer wanted children since they started dating in college. finally a few months ago the new mexico couple thought they had
found a solution in cancun. mexico is the newest destination for americans seeking international sur gassy. chris and jonah went south of the border to visit an agency called planet hospital. >> you can see the caribbean and the blue waters. it was amazing, gorgeous. we sort of put our wishes out into the universe there. >> planet hospital helped them to select an egg donor, arranged a visit with fertility doctors and promised them a willing mexican surrogate mother, all at the fraction of a cost of sur gassy in the u.s. the bases were more affordable. >> what were you expecting mexico? >> 45,000. >> that was everything. >> it all seemed okay. >> you didn't see a red flag.
>> hindsight is 20/20. there were red flags. >> it turned out starting a nightmare. >> the clinic pulled out. we had to switch clinics. then we ended up with the u.s. egg donor who turned out to be homophobic and basically left us in the lurch. >> they say after sending planet hospital tens of thousands of dollars, the company failed to deliver. >> we lost over $20,000 from planet hospital trying to do sur gassy in mexico. it was devastating. >> you put so much funny and emotion into the whole process, and you're so close, so close. then it just explodes. problems? >> rudy rupax. >> absolutely. >> he was the cap tape at the helm who -- captain at the helm who went into the iceberg.
>> he was the c.e.o. of planet hospitals. headquarters is a po box in a strip mall near los angeles. "america tonight" exchanged numerous emails with the california businessman trying to arrange an on-camera interview. in the end he declined citing scheduling contacts. >> he was a master of diplomacy, making you feel warm and fuzzy. >> john thank daly is a trial lawyer and would-be father, sending more than $30,000 to planet hospital and rudy. now he is fighting back. >> i'll put an end to this. it was my goal to put an end to planet hospital. there's nothing i wouldn't have seen in this crazy world. this is a first for me. i'd never seen the level of victimisation where you take someone's hopes and dreams,
which are so private and steal their money. fraud. >> daly was stunned to discover another 40 couples like him, after investigation, left with a pile of bills, and no babies. >> they came from australia, england, canada, the united states. fraud knew no international boundaries. they wrote to me saying that he stole their money. took the money and stopped communicating. >> do you think there should be an investigation into rudy? >> absolutely, yes. hands down. i would be happy to see him go to gaol. risk. >> hell hath no fury like a trial lawyer scorned. >> daly pressed for a federal investigation, and according to him it's under way. >> i contacted the fbi in san diego, the consumer fraud
division, a grand jury has been panelled. i was served a grand jury subpoena. i responded with all the documentation it requested. >> a spokesperson in san diego neither confirmed nor denied the existence of a grand jury looking into planet hospital. >> in a statement ruudie tells "america tonight". . . >> he goes on: >> reporter: what advice would this? >> i guess my advice to anyone
considering mexico is just wait. it's still relatively new. with the kind of money and the emotional investment that it takes to work on doing sur gassy, don't be the first people. >> after everything they've been through, chris and jonah are determined to make their family grow. so they are trying again. this time hiring an american surrogate and a watchful lawyer. >> my mum is champing at the bit to become a grandma. she's like "when is my grad kid happening?" >> my mum is eager too. >> yes, it's time. we want that experience. we want the little kid to love spoil. >> for our mums to spoil. >> coming up, despite the uncertainty, more and more desperate couples are heading to mexico. it's a different kind of match-making. "america tonight" goes along for
the eye-opening process, and discovers a surprising twist. >> more than 30 couples claim that they have lost around a million dollars when they worked with planet hospital, and both of you were involved with that organization. why should anyone trust you with a surro gassy? later in this hour - the melting point. >> if it prolongs the collapse of the western southern ocean we are talking 10-15 feet. >> the change that can't be stopped, but might force a way of life change in the future. later in the program - wild horses couldn't take her away. the thundering voice changing >> the most important money stories of the day might affect your savings, your job or your retirement. whether its bail-outs or bond rates this stuff get
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>> welcome back. before the break in the series making babies, we saw how surrogacy can go wrong, adam may continues his investigation with a disturbing stories with as many as 40 couples claiming they were scammed by an international surrogacy agency. >> reporter: at first glance it show. >> hello. how are you? >> i'm doing all right. >> nice to meet you. >> one after another these mexican women, dressed to the in impress. fun? >> how long have you been modelling for? >> what kind of work do you do? >> carr mine and jody are not
looking for romance. the gay couple is shopping for an egg donor. they'll pay $2500 for a crack at one of these women's eggs. with its turquoise waters and soft as sugar beaches, cancun has been an international tourist hot spot. now americans like jody and carr mine are coming here for another reason - seeking surrogacy at a fraction of the going rate they'd pay in the u.s. >> how do you describe your experience ariso far trying to have a baby. >> emotional. a roller-coaster ride. a failure. >> a failure. >> gut wrenching. >> in the two years since this florida couple got married starting a family has been a top priority. mexico is the last hope for fatherhood. it's the latest frontier in
international surrogacy. agencies are over the internet, many advertising surf, sun and sur gaits at a bargain price. >> we are hands on. we walk the client through. >> jeff moss and lily frost launched surrogacy beyond borders if february. >> in the u.s. you look to spend $100,000 - assuming everything goes perfectly. down here, the level case is about 47,000. >> why is it so much more affordable to do a surrogacy in mexico than the u.s.? >> it's cost of living. it's a lot less. in comparison we can do it - same quality and less money. >> in a country where the average saly is $100,000, it is an option for women, and a business opportunity for moss and frost.
the company seeks to match u.s. couples with egg donors and surro gaits. >> this is a clinic you use when you do the sur gassies. >> yes, one of two. >> inside the orega clinic. the doctor shows us where she harvests the legs from donors, and transfers embryos into sur gaits like cindy and selena. they have been smected by surrogacy beyond borders to live in this well-appointed villa in a gated community in cancun. . >> it's the next stop, having met egg donors, the company is introducing them to surrogates, potential surrogates. selena and cindy are single mothers and will live here for nine months. neither will have a genetic connection since the egg comes
from somewhere else, and both receive $13,000 for renting their wombs. >> cindy, why d did you decide to be a surrogate. >> translation: i didn't know there were so many couples that couldn't have a baby. >> the 27-year-old also needs money to pay off student loans. illa. >> translation: because i'm in charge of raising her by myself. i'm concern beside her future and education. >> if you are going to... >> carr mine and jody were impressed by what they saw. >> it's clean, organised. the women seem to be happy. >> they are cautious. this is not the first time they have gone international in search of a child. the last time left them with a huge bill and crushed hopes. how much money? >> well, between the expenses of
travelling. it's been about $50,000. >> you lost $50,000 working with planet hospital. >> correct. >> planet hospital. the same surro gassy that they used last year is under federal investigation. according to documents seen by "america tonight". up to 40 couples claim they didn't get babies. instead they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. with a surprising twist, jeff moss and lily frost, running the new agency in cancun had close ties to planet hospital. >> more than 30 couples claimed they have lost around $1 million when working with planet hospital. and both of you were involved with that organization. why should anyone trust you with a surrogacy. >> i think we learnt from the mistakes of planet hospital. going forward we put together an ethical and transparent programme, that the parents
involved is another disappointed client of planet hospital. he remembers moss's role. described as a c.e.o. he solicited the wire at a time known. >> a lawyer in washington d.c. says however because you were so hands-on with asking him for that money, you are kind of complicit. what do you say to that. >> i guess you are referring to jonathan? >> i did solicit the money from him. at the end of the day when he was coming board as a client. >> there was a little bit of rockiness, things were going to move forward, and i didn't have any concerns at that point. >> rudi is the c.e.o. of planet hospital, and they claim they are victims too.
>> did you not see the operation falling apart. >> rudi made bad business decision, but he prevailed and worked things out. although i saw things get rocky, i gave him the benefit of the doubt that things would work occupant, because they have done in the past. >> if you google both of your names the connection to planet hospital shows up. >> we are starting out of the running blocks with a 500 pound weight on our backs. >> despite its connection to planet hospital, carr mine and jodie are considering moving ford with moss and frost's new agency, a testament to how much they want a baby. >> one thing surrogacy said is it will be an open surrogacy meaning come on down, meet the girls, meet the egg donors, wealth let you know where the money is going, it's in an esgrow account. you can skype them, call them.
everything is totally opened. >> so jody and carr mine. >> yes. >> will they get a baby? >> it's our hope they will. >> it's our hope. that's the thing with surrogacy, there's no guarantees, it's not babies are us. it's not you pay in money and you walk away nine months later with a chimed. i would love to say send us this money and you'll get a baby. it's not how it is. >> surrogacy is not that clean. >> no, it's not that clean. >> "america tonight"'s adam may joins us. she is right, even in the united states there's no guarantee that a surrogacy would work or every couple would have a result. >> there's no guarantee. you can go to a gold-star agency and spend $200,000 on a surrogacy. there's no guarantee you will walk away with a baby. sounds like investigators want to know was in mismanagement involved or worse, was it possibly a scam.
those are the questions the intended parents are left with after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars and they it. >> are they in business? >> no, they are not. they were forced into an involuntary bankruptcy in the state of california. the simple way to put this is they can't do business going forward. to stop the participation for other victims. there is someone trying to recoup money from planet hospital. if money is recouped, it could go back to the 40 couples losing money. none of the couples think they'll see a penny of the money they lost. >> that is heart-breaking. yesterday you mentioned some countries are putting mexico? >> in mexico it's only secret in tabasco and vehamosa - nine to
10 hours away by bus from cann can. you may ask how it's happening in cann can. people walking a fine line. what the law says you cannot do surrogacy. ivf has been popular in cann can, it's a medical tourism place, it is more affordable. what they are doing is transforming the pregnant surrogates to 10 hours away so they can get around the illegalities. what hasn't been tested is what happens to a surrogate. >> it's not only legal issues, there's ethical issues in all this. is there any governing body that suggests limitations or done? >> there are individual state and country laws, and some
groups putting together efforts. lily frost founding surrogacy beyond borders. she's a member of seeds. it's a group trying to get egg donors. to adhere to standard. there's no requirement that the company sign up for this. it creates a buyer be ware situation. one thing i should point out is lily frost has brought on board a well-respected doctor to do ivf. there are a couple of people in the agency with good credentials starting up the work in cancun. they believe mexico is the next frontier for international surrogacy, there's a lot to be ironed out. >> fascinating. thank you for that indepth report. >> further on "america tonight" - special series -
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travelling near donetsk when pro-russian separatists opened fire, and it took place in a province that independence. still missing - nigeria's stolen girls. u.s. aircraft are joining. there's word that the nigerian government may consider its original decision no the negotiate with boko haram. >> a landmark case in virginia is in the appeals court where a panel heard arguments on a decision to strike down the ban on gay marriage. virginia could become the second state to recognise same-sex marriage, joining arkansas. the question is how long? arkansas, the first southern state to recognise same-sex marriage is once again in a battle over civil rights. so far more than
200 couples have been issued marriage licences. now there's a scramble to get married before a stay which could halt the ceremonies. >> it was a rush to the courthouse steps as arkansas became the first bible belt state to allow same-sex marriage. at the head of the line christen seaton and jennifer. >> it's indescribable. i'm in job. first in history. >> the wait ended for hundreds around. >> i never thought it would happen in my lifetime. we are legally married in the state of arkansas. >> lawful unions held up for years after arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. a judge ruled that amendment and a parallel law from the
1990s unconstitutional, opening the way for same-sex rush. >> marriage in arkansas would be woman. >> jeremy cox is present. >> this judge took it upon himself to decide what a memory will be. that's not how we ought to do america. >> federal judges in 18 states ruled against bans on same-sex marriage. arkansas may push forward at the supreme court level. a handful of counties issued licences after this ruling. in little rock, overshadowed by a dark chapter in civil rights. the judge reminded the same-sex opponents of the burden of its history saying: .
>> 57 years ago african american children were barred from arkansas. the fight to decentral item the schools in the state left arkansas with a black eye on civil rights, taking decades and more than a billion dollars in settlements to recover from. this day was a celebration of unions, rights and love. >> we have been together for 10 years. we have a home, three beautiful children and want to make it official. >> the same sex marriage movement is claiming momentum. this is interesting. the judge brought up little rock, central high school and the past and the history that arkansas is trying to deal with, rights issues here. >> that's right. there was a time when it was illegal in most states for an interracial couple to marry. that was decided by the supreme
court back in the '60s, in a loving versus virginia. a lot of people compare the same-sex marriage cases to interracial marriage. it seems that this is something that has - the civil rights of the same-sex unions seems to have moved quickly in the '60s. >> yes, in the '60s it was dealing with 200 years of slavery, degradation. support for legal segregation took 25 years to disappear. the views on same-sex marriage change quickly. in 10 years it moved from a vast majority of americans opposed to same text marriage to what it is now, close to 60% of americans supporting same-sex marriage. >> why? >> because more and more americans know someone that is openly gay. back in the early 1990s, only
about 35% of americans new someone, a friend, relative or co-worker who was openly gay. when c.b.s. polled this last year, it was close to 77% who knew someone openly gay. if you are familiar with someone and you know them, it's hard to discriminate. i call it the dick chainy factor. his daughter is gay and he's tape an open mind. >> within the republican party this is increasingly a more for. >> the first republican senator to support same-sex marriage. his son acknowledged he was gay. people are beginning to see it in personal terms. ideology. >> is it different in the southern states. here. >> yes, because southern states
are more religious, they take religion more seriously. and opposition to same-sex marriage is grouped in religious values. it offends religious values that two men and two women. south. >> in arkansas, specifically, you go back to 2004. they instituted a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. as the leader said today. he said "look, the majority of people in the state voted for this amendment", that's the majority opinion in arkansas. >> a lot of states voted the same way. california passed proposition eight, banning same-sex marriage which was legal in california on the same day it voted for barack obama, because a lot of minority voters, particularly african americans opposed same-sex marriages.
many shifted since barack obama shifted his view. these opinions are shifting rapidly. what was interesting, when the hawaiian supreme court in 1993 said basically the same-sex marriage should be legal, there was a backlash all over the country. states started passing constitutional amendments, we had the defensive marriage act. there was an enormous backlash, and 10 years ago things changed. after the 2004 election, where 11 states voted to ban same-sex memories, after that happened and people were familiar with same-sex couples and gay people, opinions changed and they shifted rapidly. >> bill schneider our political here. >> when we return, the forecast for climate disaster. >> this will affect millions, if not billions around the coastline throughout the world.
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this time we are talking as scientists tell us about glaziers in antarctica that are in a state of collapse. it comes from findings on the thawing of the great frozen continent. lori jane gliha with details. >> reporter: for years coastal communities around the globe have been warned of the dangers of rising sea levels and seeing land disappear thanks to climate change and the thawing of glaziers. two studies confirmed worst fears that the melting of the frozen continent of antarctica is irreversible and unstoppable. >> we passed the point of no return. at this point it's a matter of time before the glaciers completely disappear to sea. >> the study is by n.a.s.a. and universitiy of irvine and washington show a glacial system
in west antarctic previously thought to be stable is starting to retreat. they hold enough to rise waters by 4 feet, over a number of centuries, from 200 to 1,000 years from now. it will destabilize ice sheets and coastal places. >> this will affect millions, if not billions around the coast, throughout the world. >> the n.a.s.a. animation comes from satellite data showing antarctica and six thawing claysiers that will melt -- glaziers that will melt into the sea. this is how it happiness. an ice sheet is attached blee levels. warm waters erodes the ice, causing it to drop into the sea.
rate. >> we are seeing this here where we don't see it anywhere else, retreating at rates of a kilometre per year. it may not seem much to people near them, but most don't change on that scale. >> researchers say cutting greenhouse gas emissions could slow the melt. it will not stop it. to shed more light on this we are joined by john, editor of "climate wired." it's hard for people to get their heads around the idea that it will happen 200 years, 900 years from now, maybe it's unstoppable. perspective. >> there's a couple of things to think about. the discussion has to change from how do we storm proof the new york sub way system to where do we move manhattan. if that discussion doesn't occur at some point it's immoral to
leave people in harm's way. >> when we think of the results coming from the report, we say specific cities, coastal cities will be underwater. >> yes. >> what are we talking about? >> we are talking about the world's major coastal cities. it will be worse in asia, the population is bigger. they have no place to move. the united states - we can move cities if we have to much the question of getting the politics to focus on a need and think ahead and not leave people in harm's way will be difficult. >> when you say move cities, we can move manhattan, san francisco, what? >> we were talking a four foot ocean level rise. now we are in the vicinity of 10 to 12 at some point. manhattan is under water. so the question is do you move incrementally and keep people
living there and spend on halfway procedures, or does the government govern and protect people, getting them out of harm's way. >> it may be a natural human reaction to say if we are talking about 200 years, at level close to 1,000 - even in the interim, we'll see effects, we will see more flooding in these coastal communities? >> as we saw with sandy in new york, big storms can push water in places it's never been, including the sub way system. that will be a mipor problem -- minor problem as this issue occurs. spending good after bad is not a good idea and encouraging people to live where they shouldn't isn't good either. expectations? >> in the debate up to now in
new york has been incrementalism will go a seawall or evacuate a few blocks from the coast. this is a different issue. at some point you have to stop and think big. >> building a seawall is not going to do it? >> if you build 100 year seawall, at the end of 100 years it turps into a waterfall. before that you have the ocean, and you have people in place who trust the government, and to make sure they are safe, and at some point they won't be. >> climate wire - thank you for being here. more on thinking ahead and planning for a future in a water world. this will take rethinking about where we live and work and how. already tack lipping the issue -- tackling the issue is the low-lying nation of the netherlands. lori jane gliha travelled to the country and found the level solutions come by thinking outside the
box. >> this is the heaviest object in the house made of stone. >> from the basement bathroom from her east amster down home, ali explains that her house was built around her bathtub. >> there is the water. >> yes, there's the water. sometimes i swim with a canoe. >> all it takes is a peak out the bathroom window to understand why the weighty fixture makes her house tilt a little to one side. her house floats on water. >> it's fans. sometimes you feel the shake. it will shake not like this, but do this. because it can't move further. sometimes it can be funny. this is the kitchen. obviously. >> do you get dizzy, i see the water going hike this. does it -- like this. does it make you feel sea sick? >> no, not at all.
i like the water. >> this is the dining room. and here we gather with the family in the evening most of the time. in the summer we open the windows and barbecue and the ducks are always around and we feed them. >> the home is one of 75 similar structures built on a series of artificial islands outside the center of the netherlands capital city. it's a kind of floating village that may be a model for low-lying communities, threatened by tidal weather, storm surges or rising sea levels. amster tam has 60 -- amsterdam has 60 miles of canals and is packed with people. it's one of the most densely populated places in the world. 60% of the population lives below sea level. space has been scarce. more than 10 years ago a group
of architects brainstormed a way to utilize the water around them. this. >> this promote was a big challenge for me. i was curious how we could do that. >> marlyse designed what is now a community of floating houses. it took about seven years of researching, engineering. prices start around $460,000, and go up to $780,000. builders instruct the houses on land, pouring a concrete block, to lower the home's center of cav itty. since a tug bloat transported them. they had to be narrow to squeeze through a tight passage way. >> it goes through the lock, this is the last bit through the side, and the lock is seven metres wide.
once the individual homes made it through the canal lock, construction crews connected some in groups to increase stability in the water. now they are anchored in shallow water it a pair of polls drip deep into the crowd. the rings that you see there go up and down. it can move 60 september metre in this case. >> as the weather changes, the houses rise and fall as well. the design has been an inspiration to other countries, including the united states. making a neighbourhood work requires creative thinking. >> you have to think about where you park the car if you don't have a street. where do you make storage. in holland we have bikes. you see people putting the bike on the jetties. it's an urban question. plan.
>> is this the top floor, the place you get the most light? >> yes. this is also a little warmer. this? >> it's three floors. >> and on the bottom floor. >> the bedrooms and the bathroom. >> a challenge of a floating house is child-proofing. they have a 2-year-old daughter. >> she can't swim, she's too small. that's the only thing that worries me when she goes outside. i have to be careful with hold my hand. she cannot just go outside on her own. she can't. >> despite her concerns her partner says it feels like a vacation home. a favourite feature is you lie on the water. you can swim in the summer.
the other thing i love is the windows. it's like glass on both sides. great views. even when it's not nice weather, it's spectacular. >> another downside, if too many are in the house, it starts to think. leo remembers a party when 80 were in the house. side. >> did you notice that with the water level. >> people on the outside could see the house was a bit deeper usual. >> they are excited about growing their family in this innovative neighbourhood and anxious to see which other waterside communities may hop on board. >> that was "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha reporting. ahead in our final thoughts of this hour - on the range. an american treasure taming the call of the wild. wild west and wildlife
finally tonight a century ago several million wild mustangs roamed the plains, today only about 30,000 run free. a judge upheld the round up of 1600 out west, to protect them. in our series american treasures, an oregon woman who gentles the mustangs as only a horse whisperer can do. [ ♪ music ] >> i'm 24. i'm a horse trainer. i might get wild horses in that
have never seen a human, really. b.l.m. stands for bureau of land management - they have a wild horse programme, and they capture the child horses and bring them into the corals and take care of them and put them up for adoption. it's so they don't overgraze the land or starve to death - breeze management. they are there to preserve the wild mustang. in is about how they act. they bounce around and settle in, realising it's not so bad, yes can't get
away. i adopted my first wild horse when i was 12 years old in south carolina, and had a fondness of the breed. my little horse did anything i asked her, jump over 4 foot logs - you name it, she could do it. the wild horse is brought into the b.l.m. they don't have any more friends, they lost all of them, and they are looking for a new heard. so the first day i do a lot of approach and retreat, and show that i'm not trying to go in there and scare them or be the predator. i want them to be my trend, and when i develop that friendship, that's when the trust and respect comes
in. they are looking for interaction and someone to comfort them. pretty soon they start looking to you. you release the pressure when they put their eye on you and go "hey, who are you? what's going on?" they start to learn to give to pressure. the first touch is always the - you know, it almost gives you the warm fuzzies kind of a deal. you reach your hand out and they reach out their neck and elongate their body. that's the first connection. that feels good. every horse that i had the first touch with go "yes, this horse trusts me to this point and i'm not forcing it". >> with this horse, we are going put the saddle on for the first time. we'll move them around and it's called joining up.
see how good control of his hind, if i walk here, he faces up. if i walk here, they face up. >> the wild or remembers every step along the way. it's the old cowboy way where you lay them down and hogtie them. it's based off the fear. the horse is terrified. i think if you use the trust and respect as a focus, you have a willing partner. it's going to want to try its hardest for you. i'll keep moving the saddle up and down. that's part of the process, throwing the saddle up there. just another baby
step. you don't want it back. we did the right ground work to let him accept the saddle. >> this was my dream. i believe in being happy. there were so many people that are miserable doing their jobs. you only have one shot at life. why be miserable to do it. go live life. maybe you are not making the most money in the world, but isn't happiness better than being miserable and making money? >> who could be miserable with that, that is it for us. please remember, if you would like to comment on the stories you've seen, log on to our website
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