A Florida woman believes her child died during childbirth, but 70 years later, a DNA test reveals that her daughter is still alive.
Genevieve Purinton of North Tampa gave birth in Gary, Indiana, in 1949. Unfortunately, she received bad news when she asked to see her newborn baby.
“I asked to see the baby, and they said she died—that’s all I remember.” She recalled according to SBLY Spotlight.
Purinton’s eight siblings were dead. She went through life believing her only child had died.
As Insider reported, the baby was brought to an orphanage before being adopted by a family in Southern California.
Connie Moultroup from Santa Barbara, California, lost her adoptive mother at 4 or 5 years old a few years later.
Moultroup’s life changed when her adoptive father remarried. Then she was left to care for her stepmother after her adoptive father died.
Moultroup continued her life. She married and had children, but she still wondered if she would ever see her birth mother.
One day, Moultroup’s daughter, Bonnie Chase, surprised her mother with Christmas presents. It was a set of DNA that would help Moultroup discover her true origin.
“I remember mom trying to find her birth mother, and it was hard to see her go through that,” said Chase.
Moultroup later received a phone call. “Where were you born?” a woman on the other end of the line inquired. “What year?”
“I think I’m your mother.” The woman, Genevieve Purinton, told Moultroup.
Moultroup quickly planned to reunite with Purinton at her assisted living home. They talked on the phone a lot.
After decades apart, the two finally exchanged a hug, making up for all the hugs they have missed out on over the years.
“She couldn’t deny me if she wanted to—we look exactly alike,” Moultroup joked. “We have the same facial features, bad knees, and we’ve both had heart attacks and strokes.”
However, their DNA is not the only thing they have in common. Purinton, who previously had no family, now has a daughter, a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.