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WATCH: The heartwarming moment an 82-year-old woman is reunited with her birth mother after 50 years of searching

Sasha Brady

Published 07/02/2016 | 14:06

Betty Morrell (82) is reunited with her mother Lena Pierce (96) after a search which spanned over five decades
Betty Morrell (82) is reunited with her mother Lena Pierce (96) after a search which spanned over five decades

An 82-year-old woman has been reunited with her 96-year-old birth mother after 50 years of searching.

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Betty Morrell has proved that it's never too late to reconnect with someone you love after she came face-to-face with her birth mother for the first time since 1933.

Her mother, Lena Pierce, was a teenager when she gave birth to Betty, in the New York town of Utica. Social welfare officials took the baby away because Lena, then 13, was herself a ward of the state.

Betty, who was originally named Eva May, was adopted by a family on Long Island in New York and grew up as an only child and reports she had a happy childhood.

"I was so content in the family I was adopted by," she told the Associated Press.

However, when she was in her early 30's, Betty discovered that her birth mother was still alive and did not die in childbirth as she had been previously told.

With the help of her granddaughter Kim, she embarked on a search to find her mother, and finally tracked her down in September 2015.

Betty was delighted to discover she had four sisters and two brothers, and that her mother was alive and well.

The mother and daughter were reunited in January after more than 80 years apart.

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