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An 88-year-old woman was reunited with her daughter 69 years after thinking her baby had died during childbirth

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6/12/2018 Kelly McLaughlin
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An 88-year-old woman who thought her only child died during childbirth 69 years ago learned her daughter is still alive through an Ancestry DNA kit.

Genevieve Purinton, who lives in an assisted living home in Tampa, Florida, met her daughter, Connie Moultroup, for the first time on Monday, according to FOX 13.

They were reconnected after Moultroup received an Ancestry DNA kit for Christmas last year and learned the name of her mother.

Research led her to the telephone number of a cousin, who put her in touch with Purinton.

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"It's been a lifetime of wanting this," Moultroup, who lives in Vermont, told FOX 13. "I remember being 5 years old, wishing I could find my mother."

Purinton thought she was alone before being connected with Moultroup - her eight siblings had passed away, and she'd lived her life thinking her only daughter had died in childbirth. 

"I said I wanted to see the baby. They told me she died," she told FOX 13.

Little did she know, the baby was taken to an orphanage and later adopted by a family in Southern California.

When the pair first connected on September 8, they spoke for 30 minutes, according to Yahoo.

Their calls quickly turned into bi-weekly chats, and Moultroup decided to fly to Florida to finally meet her biological mother.

"She couldn't deny me if she wanted to - we look exactly alike," Moultroup joked to Yahoo. "We have the same facial features, bad knees, and we've both had heart attacks and strokes."

Through meeting Moutroup, Purinton learned she also has a granddaughter and great grandchildren. 

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