Mom and Daughter Reunited After 70 Years Thanks to a DNA Kit

Mom who was told her baby died at birth meets her living daughter.

A simple DNA kit has brought a mom and daughter together for the first time since birth. In 1949, Genevieve Purinton, 88, gave birth at a hospital in Gary, Indiana, The New York Times reported. At the time of her daughter’s birth, Purinton was 18-years-old, not married and alone.

"When I said I wanted to see the baby, they told me she died," Purinton told Fox Tampa affiliate WTVT. During this time period, it’s noted that hundreds of thousands of young women were forced to give up their babies.

Luckily, results from an DNA test have reunited this mom and daughter 70 years later. Connie Moultroup of Richmond, Vermont found a "new" cousin through this DNA test who led her to her mother, Purinton.

"I remember being five years old and wishing that I could find my mother," Moultroup said.

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Before the reunion, Purinton believed she was the last surviving member of her immediate family, she told WTVT. Today, she is pleased to know she has a daughter, granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

More on this story here.

Sandee Gruner

Sandee Gruner

Sandee Gruner is a full-time working mom with a love for writing and communications. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two children, where she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring local attractions and volunteering.

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