A simple DNA kit has reunited a California mother with her long lost child, who she was told had died after she gave birth to him nearly 30 years ago.

Tina Bejarano, 46, said she gave birth when she was 17. Her mother at first told her she was not allowed to keep the baby.

“The next day, she comes back to tell me, ‘The baby died 15 minutes after it was born. It never made it. It was sick,'” Bejarano told KMPH.

Every year since then, she and her husband, Eric Gardere, have been celebrating that child’s birthday.

But, the course of Bejarano’s life changed when her daughter convinced her to do a DNA test that led her to a 29-year-old man named Kristin, according to KMPH.

Kristin lives in New Jersey with a wife and baby. He contacted Bejarano after taking a DNA test and learning that she was his birth mother.

The man said he had been covertly adopted by a loving family five days after he was born, and he grew up in Las Vegas. He never knew how much his biological mother cared about him.

“Looking at him just makes me want to cry,” Bejarano said.

Gardere and Bejarano got married a few months after she gave birth to Kristin. He is not Kristin’s biological father, however, he considers Kristin his son.

“We’ve been communicating with Kristin for a few months now. He calls me Dad, I call him Son, I text him every morning.”

The whole family plans to meet in person for the first time in Los Banos in November.

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