In September 2013 my mother's memory was failing and my stepfather chose to visit his son out of state. She was in no shape to be alone; she was bit by her own dog (???) and wound up in the hospital with an infection. (Couldn't remember to take her antibiotics.) When I called the hospital to see how she was they said they could only give information to family. I said I was her only child. They said they had no record of a daughter, only a son. (They had my stepbrother's name. We were adults when they married, this was her second marriage.) There is no question now that my stepfather's actions were deliberate. He has since moved her out of state and has no communication with me. My stepbrother and his girlfriend are caring for both of them; my stepbrother tells me my mother is getting increasingly anxious. (In need of professional assistance.) My stepbrother does everything required to keep the peace with his father. How do I fix the next of kin records? My stepfather is frail and my stepbrother is also in poor health. I am terrified something will happen to them and my mother will be lost to the system. Thank you in advance for any guidance.