PICS: 90-year-old meets daughter for first time after putting her up for adoption as a baby

2019-05-17 14:13
Elizabeth meeting her daughter for the first time. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Wanda Gale Photography Co.)

Elizabeth meeting her daughter for the first time. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Wanda Gale Photography Co.)

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Grab the tissues! A nonagenarian was left stunned after meeting her 70-year-old daughter for the first time after putting her up for adoption as a baby.

Moving footage and photographs show Elizabeth Pullen standing at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville, Louisiana, in the US with her eyes closed while a surprise guest is ushered towards her, Daily Mail reports.

Lynne Wray, the daughter she gave up for adoption, is told to stand back to back with her biological mother who grabs her hand moments before they finally reunite with a sweet embrace, Metro UK reports.

“You're taller than Momma!” the 90-year-old exclaimed.

Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Wanda LeBlanc, had taken a DNA test at Christmas and noticed a name listed – under her closest relatives – which wasn’t familiar. The name was that of Lynne.

Wanda then clicked on Lynne’s profile which read: “I was adopted and have never met my birth family.”

Elizabeth meeting her daughter for the first time.

Speaking to her mother, Katherine, and grandmother about her discovery, Wanda was told Elizabeth had put a baby up for adoption 70 years prior.

A stunned Wanda decided to contact Lynne and arranged for her grandmother to meet her adopted daughter for the first time.

US adoption procedures in the 1940s didn’t allow mothers to see their babies after they were born which meant Elizabeth and Lynne had never laid eyes on each other.

Elizabeth meeting her daughter for the first time.

“My grandmother was incredibly nervous and it was difficult for her to wait to turn around,” Wanda said.

“[She] said that she felt free. She and I have always been very close, so for me to be the person who reunited them was special for me – my grandmother and my aunt”

“My grandmother isn't in the best health and has often questioned why God has kept her on this earth – now she knows why,” she added.

Elizabeth meeting her daughter for the first time.

“[Her] message is that it's never too late and not to be fearful of opening up.”

Since the reunion, Lynne's husband and son have headed to Louisiana from North Carolina, and Lynne's adoptive mother relayed her thanks to Elizabeth for her daughter having been a part of their lives.

Sources: Daily Mail, Metro UK

 

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