It took nearly 70 years, but Genevieve Purinton finally got to hold the daughter she gave birth to in 1949.
The 88-year-old Florida woman received the shock of a lifetime earlier this year when the baby girl she was told died at birth reached out, hoping to meet.
Purinton had Connie Moultroup, now 69, at an Indiana hospital when she was 18 years old, according to FOX13.
Doctors told Purinton the baby had died – but Moultroup was actually adopted by a family living in Southern California.
The mother-daughter pair were finally reunited Monday thanks to help from an Ancestry DNA kit Moultroup received as a gift last Christmas from her daughter.
The kit led to the discovery of a long-lost cousin, which in turn led to her biological mom.
“It’s been a lifetime of wanting this. I remember being 5 years old, and wishing that I could find my mother,” said Moultroup, whose adopted mother died when she was 5.
Prior to the meeting, Moultroup sent Purinton a card in the mail with her phone number, and though it took Purinton “a while” to bite the bullet and give her only child a call, they first spoke on the phone in September.
“(She said) ‘I think I’m your mother.’ You could’ve heard a pin drop. I said, ‘Oh, my God,’” Moultroup recalled.
The tears flowed in full when the two women met in person for the first time at Purinton’s retirement community in Tampa, according to footage captured by FOX13.
“You’re really not dead!” Purinton exclaimed as the two embraced.
The reunion has proved to be a happy one, as Moultroup’s daughter Bonnie Chase told NBC News.