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Forty-two years ago, hospital workers took María González’s son Jimmy from her arms right after birth and later told her he had died. Now, she was meeting him face-to-face at her home in Chile.
His journey to find the birth family he never knew began in April after he read news stories about Chilean-born adoptees who had been reunited with their birth relatives with the help of a Chilean nonprofit which estimates tens of thousands of babies were taken from Chilean families in the 1970s and 1980s from poor families and women that didn’t know how to defend themselves.
Over the past nine years more than 450 reunions between adoptees and their birth families with the help of DNA tests, which confirmed that Jimmy and others were 100% Chilean, so he traveled to Chile with his wife, and their two daughters to meet his newly discovered family.