In 1949, Genevieve Purinton was an 18-year-old unwed mother, delivering her precious little girl at a in Indiana. But because she was not married, staffers delivered a horrifically cruel blow: they told her that her daughter had at birth.
“I said I wanted to see the baby. They told me she ,” Purinton recalled. Her baby girl, however, was not , but alive, and taken to an orphanage, where she was adopted by a couple in California.
Her daughter, Connie Moultroup, knew she was adopted, but had no idea of the tragic story behind her adoption.
“Her adoptive mother of , and shortly after, her adoptive father was diagnosed with a heart condition,” Bonnie Chase, Moultroup’s daughter, said in an interview with CNN. Chase explained that her adoptive father remarried, but her stepmother was . “So the whole time, she just wanted to find her actual mother to rescue her from that situation,” Chase added.
Meanwhile, Purinton had no other children, but never forgot the baby girl she thought had at birth. Moultroup searched for years, but it wasn’t until Chase gave her an Ancestry DNA kit that she finally found her. “It took me a while to use it, but when I finally got the results I went from having only three known relatives (a daughter and two grandchildren), to 1,600 relatives. I was floored,” she said. She found a cousin, who revealed that Purinton was still alive, at 88 years old, and alone. “I told her my mother’s name was Genevieve Purinton, and my cousin said, “Oh, that’s my aunt. And she’s still alive, living on her own,” Moultroup recalled.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was going to meet my mother.”
Moultroup sent Purinton a card with her contact information, and the women agreed to meet, at a retirement community in Tampa where Purinton lives.
“I met my mother and my cousin in person, and we cried. It was just a crying fest,” Moultroup said. “Not everybody has this kind of outcome when looking for their parents, but I recommend you give it a try, you don’t know what will happen.” When they met, Purinton and Moultroup both cried as they hugged each other, as Purinton exclaimed, “You’re really not !”
“I’m not ,” Moultroup answered. “It’s been a lifetime of wanting this,” Moultroup said through tears. “I remember being five years old and wishing that I could find my mother.” Now, almost 70 years later, mother and daughter are finally together again, with a family to love despite all the lost time.
A similar situation happened in my family, but their reunion was only 38 years apart, and it wasn't hospitalA similar situation happened in my family, but their reunion was only 38 years apart, and it wasn't hospital personnel but her mother! Sad for all involved, yet it was at a time where being an unwed mother was frowned upon! Such cruelty to both mother and child!! I'm very happy for them to be reunited! -
What a beautiful Reunion , May they enjoy todays visit and a joyful eternity after such a cruel , evil trick on the mother at her daughters birth !
The daughter is her moms twin! I can’t imagine the pain of thinking you lost a child, and the joy to hear that they are alive and looking for you. God bless them both
I’m not crying, my eyes are just sweating I couldn’t imagine going through that! So glad they were able to reunite. May God bless them with many more years together!
What a cruel thing to do to a young mother. All those years wasted and thinking her baby died. May God bless them with many happy years ahead.
Ephraim c SimwingaSep 14, 2022
To God be the glory