Friday 17 August 2018

Woman reunited with birth mother after 34 years thanks to Facebook

Mark Molloy

Minnesota woman has been reunited with her birth mother after posting an appeal for help finding her on Facebook.

Adopted Kaye-Madonna Hindes, 34, decided to track down her mother after she was diagnosed with anal precancer having already battled cervical cancer.

She posted an appeal on the social network looking for ‘Aimée from Oak Park, Illinois in 1981’ along with a photo and letter written by her mother.

It took just two hours for her birth mother, Aimée Sordelli, to get in touch with her and they arranged a reunion at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport on July 22.

Ms Sordelli told ABC News she received a message about the Facebook appeal and wrote back to Ms Hindes: “I think I’m the woman you’re looking for.”

Ms Hindes, a keynote speaker and online media expert, posted a letter written by her parents in 1981 that she had received through an adoption agency.

“We really didn’t know what to say in this letter, but we will try our best to make it come out right,” it said.

“We placed you up for adoption not because we didn’t love you but because we did love you. We wanted to make sure you have the best life possible.

“But at this point in time, neither one of us are capable of doing so.”

As well as sharing the letter, Ms Hindes wrote: “It took me 34 years to get the courage to start the process. I toiled and waited for the perfect time. Exactly 12 minutes after receiving your photo from the adoption agency, I knew we had to meet. Perfectly-planned impatience - that's me.

“I make assumptions here, hoping that you are alive and healthy. I'm hoping you are open to a ridiculously-long phone call, or maybe just coffee or dinner - wherever you are.”

After their emotional reunion she added in another post: “I am so thankful for the love and shares and encouragement. I have such a circle of warmth that I am forever grateful for. I hope that this story and message resonates with other adopted children and encourages people to connect, grow and LOVE.”

Meanwhile, this lucky man has been reunited with wedding ring he dropped in a harbour six years ago.

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