88-year-old Genevieve Purinton thought she had no family left in the world until she reunited with her biological daughter on December 3.
Purinton resides in a retirement home in North Tampa. Her eight siblings died recently and had no other children after she gave birth at 18 in 1949 and was told the child had died.
Unbeknownst to Purinton, the child was born in Gary, Indiana, given up for adoption and raised in Southern California. It remains unclear as to why doctor’s misinformed Purinton about her daughter’s death.
“I asked to see the baby and they said she died, that’s all I remember,” Purinton told NBC.
Moultroup ended up adopted, but it took an unfortunate turn at the start. At five years, Moultroup’s adoptive father married an abusive step-mother.
For most of her youth, Moultroup hoped her biological mother would come to her rescue. “It’s been a lifetime of wanting this. I remember being five years old, wishing I could find my mother,” Moultroup, who now resides in Vermont, told Daily Mail.
“She would fantasize about her mother rescuing her since she was five years old. It’s truly her life-long dream,” Moultroup’s daughter Bonnie Chase, 50, added.
Moultroup was finally granted her life-long wish, when her daughter gave her an Ancestry DNA kit last Christmas.
“It was just a cool Christmas present and it has completely changed our lives,” Chase said.
The kit led Moultroup to call her cousin. “I said, “Here’s my mother’s given name,” Moultroup told WTNT. “She said, “That’s my aunt and she’s still alive.”
The mother and daughter reunited at the nursing facility earlier this week and cried joyous tears.
“We’re criers. We just cry a lot. There were a lot of tears and there’s been a lot of tears the entire time since then. It’s been really amazing,” Moultroup said.
“We’re thrilled that Ancestry was able to play a part in helping to connect Genevieve Purinton with her daughter after 69 years. We wish her and her family the best, and that this is the only beginning of an enduring relationship,” Jasmin Jimenez, a spokeswoman for Ancestry DNA told NBC.
The day before Mother’s Day, The Oregonian posted, unsurprisingly, an article on motherhood. What was surprising was it’s discussion of death in relation to mothers and their children with Tarvez Tucker, a doctor in the neuroscience intensive care unit at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
The article began with a candid statement by the journalist, Tom Hallman Jr: “If we’re honest, many children see Mother’s Day as an obligation. Rarely do we reflect on what a mother’s love means. Nor do we acknowledge the truth that in time it will be just another Sunday in May.”
This reflection was prompted by Dr. Tucker’s writings on the deaths of some mothers she has seen in the ICU. One story describes a mother fatally shot on a stormy night, asking the nurse to take care of her four-year old son who was afraid of thunderstorms. Another describes a mother with cancer refusing exhaustive, experimental treatment that would only give her two more months to go home to dye eggs with her five young children.
Hallman states that Tucker’s reflections resulted in her belief that “the most profound expressions of love are the ones between mother and child. Hallman notes that this love is not greater than that of the father’s, but it is different since the mother carries the baby within herself, resulting in a unique intimacy that is at the root of motherhood. The moment the child is born, the mother must introduce her child into the world, “and so begins a lifetime of letting go” that ends with the hope that the mother can die with her children by her side, able to continue her work of carrying the world forward.
He ended the article by including Dr. Tucker’s thoughts on her own gift of motherhood to her four sons, stating that her sons “think she’s too sentimental, calling her mushy when she tries to explain the depth of love for the babies who grew into the men who one day will be by her beside when her time comes.” But she does want to leave them a message on her deathbed since “in those last moments, I hear how people love each other.”
Read more of Dr. Tucker’s stories in the original article on The Oregonian.
British mother, Indira Jayasuriya, decided to postpone chemotherapy to give her baby the best chance at life.
At 28 weeks pregnant, Jayasuriya was told that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her liver. It was stage four and incurable, but instead of delivering via cesarean section immediately, as she was advised, Jayasuriya decided to put her baby first, feeling it was too early to deliver. “He had helped detect the cancer, saving me,” Jayasuriya said. “I just hoped I could save him, too.”
Unfortunately, the cancer was estrogen positive, meaning that Jayasuriya would suffer more as her pregnancy continued. However, she still wanted the best for her baby and waited until 33 weeks to deliver her son, Dilan.
After spending some time in the intensive care unit, Dilan is healthy and lives at home with his mother, father, and sister, Thilini.
Jayasuriya is undergoing a hormonal cancer treatment.
Meanwhile, she finds inspiration through her family.
“I can’t bear to think about leaving my children behind,” Jayasuriya said. “They are what keep me fighting. I feel positive and am making the most of every moment I spend with my family. Not a day goes by when I don’t tell them I love them.”
Kimberly Henderson never abandoned her dream of becoming a musician, even after having her first child when she was 16-years-old. After going to nursing school, the single mother continued singing at part-time gigs while raising her children.
Already caring for three children, Henderson discovered she was pregnant yet again.
“The crazy part of the story is that when I was pregnant with Vaida, I did not plan her at all,” Henderson said. “I was on birth control. I was like, Oh my god I cannot do this.
“When I was 12 weeks and six days along, I sat in an abortion clinic for six hours — I almost went through with it,” she said. “And then I left. Fast-forward seven months later, this baby’s in front of me and her dad’s not in her life. I didn’t even care at that point. I was like, I have this beautiful baby.”
Fast forward to 2014, when Henderson and the little Vaida survived a harrowing car accident. Riding in a Cosco car seat, Vaida was uninjured.
The same year, Henderson uploaded a video of her singing her daughter to sleep on Facebook. In a mere week, her video went viral with over 20 million views.
Inspired by her story and awed by her talent, Cosco Kids contacted Henderson. The car seat company teamed with Magic Beans Creative to fly Henderson and her daughter to Los Angeles, where the singer recorded her first single, “Tiny Hearts.”
“I got pregnant when I was 16 because I didn’t have a lot of direction,” Henderson told Yahoo News. “I’m not blaming that on anyone because that was my choice at the time . . . . That’s how ‘Tiny Hearts’ was inspired. I saw my friends going out to the movies and going on dates, and I’m at home with this 6-month-old. I’m like, What am I doing?”
As she’s approached by multiple TV Shows and recording companies, Henderson wants to share her story to inspire others.
“I feel like with women, even single moms, it’s empowering to just be able to say it’s not selfish to go after your dreams,” Henderson said. “I’m not saying neglect your kids. I’m saying teach your kids that it’s okay no matter what obstacles you have to still pursue your dreams.”
Overcoming three rejections from American Idol, a close call with abortion, and the everyday trials of motherhood granted Henderson inspiring perseverance.
“At the end of the day you realize somewhere between the sacrifices and the hopelessness and the hard times you find a light and that light is a little person that thinks you’re a superhero … and it makes everything else seem meaningless,” Henderson shared on Facebook.
The future looks bright for this busy mom as she looks forward to working as a musician.
Marie Holmes screamed after the winning powerball numbers – her numbers – were drawn last Wednesday night. Overjoyed, the 26-year-old mother immediately ran to tell her four children.
The family had just won $188 million.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it,” Holmes told a WECT reporter.
Holmes quit her jobs at Walmart and McDonalds to care for her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. Ever since, the young mother has struggled to provide for the family.
“I’ve been struggling since I had them but I wouldn’t trade nothing because they’re a blessing,” Holmes said. “I don’t have to worry about the word struggle no more or neither do they…. I’m ready to embrace the change. I’m very grateful for what’s about to happen for my family.”
After consulting her lawyer and financial advisor, Holmes decided to relocate her family, buy a new house, start college funds for her children, and give back to her church.
“I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God,” Holmes said.
The powerball ticket is worth $188 million annuity paid over 30 years, or a $127 million lump sum payment before federal and state taxes are withheld – the largest lottery win in North Carolina’s history.
“I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have,” Holmes said.