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Cant's get tape out of camcorder! YIKES!!!!!!

I had my Sony DCR-TRV18 camera hooked up to my TV and was showing my 4 year old the ONLY video I have of her when she was a baby and I tripped over the cords causing the camera to fall to the ground! When I picked up the camera a yellow arrow looking thing was on the LCD screen and a numerical message reading...C:32:10...It may not be a C but the numbers are correct. I tried to get the tape out but where the compartment used to automatically open and eject the tape, it will not open at all! I am in TOTAL PANIC! I just lost both my parents and this is the ONLY video I have of their ONLY grandbaby who is now 4. I wanted to show her the tape of her as a baby and I am so afraid it is ruined! It is the only baby tape I have....I am so horrified that this happened.....please tell me that there is some compassionate techno person who can dry my four year old's tears and make me her hero by saving this tape! Thank you from the deepest part of my heart!!!!! :) KMV

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C:32:10 Tape loading failure. Unit cannot complete the load cycle.
I googled that error number and found a lot of stuff.
You might have to disassemble the camera if all else fails.

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