mother and daughter reunited

It was 69 years before Genevieve Purinton had the chance to hold her daughter.

As Fox 13 reports, Purinton is now 88 years old and lives at an assisted living center in Tampa, Florida. One of eight siblings, Purinton is the only still alive. As far as she knew, she was alone in the world.

In 1949, when she was only 18, Purinton gave birth to a baby girl. However, the hospital staff told the new mom that her daughter hadn’t survived. She told Fox 13:

“I said I wanted to see the baby. They told me she died.”

As Purinton explained to Yahoo News, “I was a young, unwed mom.” The Indiana hospital never provided her with a death certificate, but she didn’t question that her daughter had passed away. She never had more children.

However, the baby hadn’t died and was secretly adopted by a family in California. Connie Moultroup, Purinton’s daughter, told Yahoo that she always knew she was adopted:

“My parents would tell me this fabulous story of walking up and down the hospital halls looking for me.”

However, Moultroup’s adoptive mother died when she was 4 years old. She told Yahoo that she had a difficult relationship with her new stepmother and spent years dreaming about meeting her birth mother:

“I dreamt of meeting my real mom — a beautiful woman who swooped in and rescued me.”

Finding her mother would remain a dream until last year, when Moultroup’s daughter bought her a DNA kit for Christmas.

The DNA test led them to a cousin, who mentioned Purinton … and that she was still alive.

Moultroup sent a letter to her mother, and on September 8, Purinton and her daughter spoke on the phone for the first time.

Moultroup told NBC News she remembered Purinton beginning the conversation by saying, “I think I’m your mother.” She added, “You could’ve heard a pin drop. I said, ‘Oh my God.'”

Over the following weeks, they compared notes and learned how much they had in common. Purinton had been a cook who wanted to work as a nurse. Moultroup was a nurse who loved cooking. Moultroup told Yahoo:

“She couldn’t deny me if she wanted to — we look exactly alike. We have the same facial features, bad knees, and we’ve both had heart attacks and strokes.”

The two arranged for Moultroup to visit Purinton at her assisted living facility. When they finally met face-to-face, Purinton cried as she said, “You’re really not dead.”

To which, Moultroup responded, “I’m not dead.”

Moultroup’s daughter told NBC News that finding Purinton has been an emotional experience:

“We’re criers. We just cry a lot. There were a lot of tears and there’s been a lot of tears the entire time since then. It’s been really amazing.”

As for Purinton, not only did she get her daughter back, she’s also learned she has a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Moultroup told Yahoo she’s thrilled to get this chance to know her mother at last: “It’s a Christmas miracle. I don’t think Santa can outdo this one.”

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9 Replies to “Mom Was Told Her Daughter Died at Birth. Thanks to DNA Kit, They Met for the First Time After 69 Years”

  • jack burton 2 years ago

    When I discovered a bunch of new brothers and sisters from my bio-father (who never knew I existed) the DNA evidence didn’t impress them anywhere near as much as the fact that I really, really looked just like them and my father.

  • Sharon 2 years ago

    When I found My Son that I was forced to put up for Adoption 33 Years later, My Heart was Finally full. There is NO FEELING like it❤️❤️❤️❤️???

  • Tangee Williams 2 years ago

    I can’t wait to find my biological dad and I’m sure I have siblings. I’m afraid to move forward but I won’t get closure until I do. I’m afraid of rejection.

    • Darryl V Cade 2 years ago

      Tangee, reach out and get closure. Don’t have any expectations so you won’t set yourself up for disappointment. Trust in God and know that HE loves you and will NEVER reject you.

  • Marcia Blankenship 2 years ago
  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I was forced to give my baby up for adoption in 1966! They said the baby died at birth! But I remember hearing it cry!! They had put a wash cloth over my eyes! I cannot even imagine after all
    These years
    Finding out it’s alive

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    My last name
    Was Walkup at time

  • Darryl V Cade 2 years ago

    The numbers don’t add up… if she was 88, then she was born in 1930. MY Mom was born in 1930. Not sure how she could be born in 1931 and already be 88. The article is saying that she was 18 in 1949…hmmm??? I GUESS it was a TYPO. Nice story though…

  • Denise 2 years ago

    This same thing happened to my mother in 1963. Her son, my brother, was fine for a couple days in the hospital then the doctors came in and said he wasn’t doing well they were waiting for a heart doctor to come in to see him and they refused to let my mother or father see him. Later they told them that he died and they still refused to let them see him and NEVER provided them with a death certificate. My father always believed he was alive! When my sister saw this it was like a message from our dad and we need to find him. My sister just sent out for her DNA via but if he doesn’t know that he was adopted I can’t see how that will work. I ran a search through birth records and couldn’t find anything for his name and date of birth. Does anyone know who we can contact or any other searches that we can do to try to find our brother who we feel so strongly that he is out there?

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