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Looking for REALLY old medical records

I've read a lot of the posts about what to do for records that are 10, 20 and even close to 40 years ago, but I'm searching for a hospital stay I had in 1955 or 1956 when I was a baby.  I can probably find out which hospital were around back then in the area I live in, but my mother passed away nearly 8 years ago and took all the definitive information with her.  It had always just been a casual story brought up now and then, but now I want to get more details on exactly what it was for.  Is it even possible that there are records anywhere going back THAT far?  Thanks so much for any info anyone can share.  
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1530171 tn?1448133193
Hmm, every state has different rules, for how long records are kept.
You need to find out this, before you do anything else.
Usually an online search is all it will take for you to find out what the rules are for the state, where your hospital stay took place.

Once you verify that they are still available, then you must make a request in writing, with all the pertinent information.

And bear in mind the 2 following things:
Expect this to take time and also there will likely be a fee for the service .

Hope this helps.
144586 tn?1284669764
The laws for retention of medical records in the U.S. mandate seven year retention.

It is unlikely that these records exist.
1530171 tn?1448133193
Yes, caregiver222, you're right.

That is indeed a long time for doctors or hospitals to keep medical records.

I did not read the "...even close to 40 years ago.." lol!

That's what happens when, I scan posts too fast!
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