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Region 8 mother shares tragic story of losing four sons in new book

WYNNE, AR (KAIT) - Her story is gut-wrenching. A mother loses her four boys to different incurable rare diseases. 

Gwendolyn McNutt is from Wynne. 

I first met her in the 90's while doing a story on her son, Adam. 

He was seeking treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

Since that time, he passed away, as did all three of his brothers, in a ten-year time frame. 

McNutt has written about the experience in her new book, "Angels Never Die." 

She says it's the only book she will write.

In the book, she discusses the soul-searching she endured as she buried four of her six children.

Only two daughters remain. 

All four boys succumbed to rare diseases they were both with; Fanconi Anemia and Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.

Doctors were unable to determine the nature of her boys' illnesses until they were sent to Rockefeller Medical University in New York City for diagnosis.

Her youngest son was three at the time.  

For nearly twenty years, Gwen and her husband Henry, would live with the suffering their sons had to endure, and the knowledge that all four boys were terminal. 

“I could not understand why God was taking us through so many trials when he could just heal our boys,” McNutt said. 

Her book talks about questioning her faith and wondering, at one point, if God had turned his back on her and her prayers.

“After all, how could a loving God have allowed all four of my sons to be both with rare diseases, and how he have allowed them to suffer and eventually die, in the manner that they did,” McNutt said.  

But, in the end, McNutt claims it was her faith, friends, community and God that saw her through her heartbreaking ordeal.  

There are two book-signings planned for “Angels Never Die” this weekend in Region 8.

The first is at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, March 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

McNutt will appear at Hastings Books on Sunday, March 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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