Reunited with son

2016-04-12 10:28
Bettie Maritz had an urgent plea last year to be reunited with her only child who was taken away from her a day after giving birth.

Bettie Maritz had an urgent plea last year to be reunited with her only child who was taken away from her a day after giving birth.

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A mother’s mission to find her missing son has ended with a miracle – and People’s Post played a part in the fairytale ending.

The power of the press has been proven after the story of a Grassy Park mother who longed to meet her son “before I close my eyes”, was published last year. That wish has been granted. 

Betty Maritz (83) now has a constant smile and says she is sleeping more peacefully since she was reunited with her son.
People’s Post previously reported on Maritz’s plight to be reunited with her son after 64 years after he was taken by a guardian Maritz lived with at the time (“Longing to see son after 64 years”, Tuesday 25 August).
After the article was printed, Maritz said someone contacted her on the same day to meet with her.

“That day a man and two women pulled up at my house,” she says.
“At the time it was obviously not confirmed he was my son but when that man got out of the car, a feeling just came up in me and I just knew it had to be him,” Maritz says.
She explains the trio then told her that they read the article and they suspected Joseph Josephs was her son “because I explained the birthmark in the article”.
Asked what transpired during their first meeting and what made Josephs think the long lost son could be him, Maritz says “he fell when he was younger and when he got hurt his guardian shouted ‘die is nie my kind nie’ (This is not my child)”.

That stayed with him all the time and he in turn also had a longing to find out who his real mother was.
“We then decided to do blood tests to confirm if he was really my son. However, deep in my heart I just knew that I had finally found my son because he looks just like me,” she says.

Three weeks passed after the blood tests and then emotional news came to the family confirming Josephs is her son.
“Since then we have been in regular contact and they have been visiting me as well. I have a daughter-in-law as well as grand-children and great-grand-children. When I went to visit them at their home in Zeekoevlei they had a braai for me and there I also met my daughter-in-law’s mother. They are really very lovely people,” Maritz beams.
She adds her neighbours have been as elated to hear the good news and “also excitedly shout ‘jou kind is hier’ whenever they come to visit,” laughs Maritz.

Added to the trail of joyous events since meeting her son, Maritz celebrated her 83rd birthday with her son and his family when they treated her to a surprise breakfast this past weekend.
“I am so glad my search is over and since my son came back into my life, I have been able to sleep easier. If it wasn’t for the help of People’s Post I would not have been reunited with my son and that was my only wish before I close my eyes for eternity,” Maritz says.

Josephs says he couldn’t be happier to be reunited with his birth mother.
He tells excitedly how they decided to contact Rachel – who assisted Maritz with her search.
“The day the People’s Post came out, I fetched it myself at the shop and sat reading quietly while my wife was cooking. I came across the story of Betty and some things started to resonate with me especially the birthmark description,” he says.

Josephs says he read the article quietly by himself first before telling his wife about it.
“She has always supported me in trying to find my birth mother. She even encouraged me to write to a TV show who reunites families. When I showed her the article she just told me ‘daai is jou ma’. We then made contact with her and visited the day after,” Josephs recalls.

He says when they arrived outside Maritz’s home, she came straight to him and held him.
“She held me really tight and there was a connection there. I felt something though it was not yet officially confirmed. The blood tests then later revealed that she is indeed my mother,” he says.

Since their meeting Josephs says his family has unconditionally accepted Maritz as part of the family.
“My children and grandchildren accept her whole-heartedly and they call her their Ma Betty.”
Added to this string of happy events, on Saturday Maritz celebrated her 83rd birthday with Josephs and his family.
“After my wife found out it would be my mother’s birthday, she said we have to do something for her. So we decided on a breakfast at our home on Saturday morning,” he says.
“I can only thank God for making this all come together like this,” Josephs concludes.

Mother and son have been reunited after 64 years. Bettie Maritz has not seen her child since he was taken from her a day after giving birth. After reading the article in People’s Post last year, Joseph Josephs made contact with the woman he thought to be his mother.

PHOTO:Chevon Booysen

Bettie Maritz celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday. Celebrations were held with her ‘new’ family which includes Joseph Josephs family of four children and six grandchildren. Josephs contacted Maritz after reading an article last year pleading to be reunited with her lost son and since then the two have been reunited.
PHOTO:Chevon Booysen

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