She lost her only child at birth, but she hears a voice say, “I’m not dead,” decades later

Genevieve Purinton, 88, lives in a North Tampa assisted living facility. She assumed she was alone. Her eight siblings were all killed, and she had no children. She gave birth only once, when she was 18 years old, in 1949. “I mentioned that I wanted to see the baby. “They told me she died,” Genevieve recalled on Monday. After 69 years, a daughter — one she had no idea she had — walked through the door…

A mother never truly recovers from the loss of her child. It’s a pain that gnaws at the pit of her stomach all the time, deep down. She may change her mind, but she never forgets.

Genevive Purinton, then eighteen, lived in a very different world in 1949. An unmarried woman expecting a child was frowned upon and swept under the rug at the time. Unwed expectant mothers frequently “went to visit an aunt in the country” or “studied abroad” for a few months to give birth privately.

Genevive, a young woman, found herself unmarried and expecting a child. When the young mother gave birth, she demanded to see her child. However, the doctors and her family informed her that her baby girl had died at birth. Genevive was devastated, and the loss of her child haunted her for the rest of her life.

Genevive is now 88 years old and lives in a nursing home in Tampa, Florida. She never married or had other children, and all of her immediate family members have died.

Connie Moultroup, who was adopted as a newborn in California, had always been curious about her birth parents. Despite growing up surrounded by family and loved ones, Connie’s heart was always missing a piece – she wanted to find her birth mother.

Connie’s family gave her an Ancestry DNA kit for Christmas to help her find her birth mother. She had her saliva tested, and her DNA test yielded a few names. She accidentally contacted a cousin she had never intended to contact. When Connie mentioned the surname she had been given as her birth mother’s surname, her newfound cousin informed her that the woman was her aunt and that she was still alive.

So, contrary to what she had been told, Genevive’s newborn did not die at birth. Fast forward 69 years and FOX 13 News was there to document the emotional first meeting between a mother and her daughter.

When they met, both women wept with relief and joy, and Genevive was nearly inconsolable as Connie held her in her arms. “I’m not dead,” Connie laughed through her tears. Those were words Genevive would never have dared to utter.

Even though the pain and loss Genevive and Connie endured will never be forgotten, they have chosen to forgive Genevive’s family for the horrible lie. Instead, they choose to find solace and joy in getting to know one another. Better late than never, right?

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