Genevieve Purinton was only 18 years old when she gave birth to her one and only child back in 1949.
When she asked to see the baby, however, the doctors told her that the child had died.
Now 88 years old, Purinton lives in an assisted living facility in Tampa, Florida. Since her eight siblings have passed away, she didn’t think that she had any immediate family left – but then she got a card from a woman named Connie Moultroup.
The card, which included a phone number, said that Moultroup believed herself to be Purinton’s long-lost daughter.
Though news reports do not explain why the doctors misinformed Purinton about her daughter’s death, Moultroup says that her adopted mother passed away when she was only 5 years old. Furthermore, Moultroup’s father went on to marry an abusive step-mom.
For years, Moultroup fantasized about her biological mother coming to rescue her – and while this did not come to pass, she was given an Ancestry DNA kit as a Christmas present from her 50-year-old daughter last year.
The kit led Moultroup to call someone with the same last name as her mother.
“I said, ‘Here’s my mother’s given name,’” Moultroup told WTVT. “She said, ‘That’s my aunt and she’s still alive.’”
Finally, after 69 years of separation, Moultroup and Purinton met each other at the nursing facility earlier this week and the reunion was an emotional one – because not only did Purinton discover that her daughter was still alive, she also found out that she now has a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
(WATCH the emotional news coverage below) – Photo by WTVT
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