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Backlash After Toddler Fell Ill On Round-The-World Sailing Trip

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill during a round-the-world sailing trip are defending their decision to take a lengthy, possibly dangerous trip with young children.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, 1-year-old daughter Lyra and 3-year-old daughter Cora had started their journey across the Pacific in March when the baby developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and wasn't responding to medications they had on board.  They lost communication 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Now, some are questioning their parenting.

"If you have a small child, you should be an hour or two at the most for professional medical care should your child need medical attention," said child psychologist Kathy Seifert.

The crew stabilized the girl, stayed by her side and then boarded the USS Vandegrift with the family on Sunday. The Navy frigate was expected to arrive in San Diego midweek.

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