Daughter Finds Mother After 71 Years
Woman, now 90, gave her up for adoption after rape, was told she had died
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2013 4:31 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2013 11:36 AM CST

(Newser) – It's not all that unusual for an adopted child to grow up and seek out her biological mother, but the LA Times has the story of one such reunion that's remarkable on a few fronts—the big one being that this reunion takes place 71 years after the fact. The story begins in 1941, when Brooke Mayo, a California woman about to set off for London with a civilian Army corps, was raped. She decided to have the baby but give it up for adoption. ("You didn't go to the police," she says. "Not back then.")

She then went off to London for the war, and when she called the hospital to make sure the adoption had gone OK, the hospital told her the infant had died. Turns out, that wasn't the case. Her baby grew up to be Patricia Hamlin, who didn't learn she was adopted until she was 51. A records search then revealed her mother to be Mayo, now 90, and the two spent their first Christmas together this year. "It's a gift," says Mayo. "I must have done something right in this world. You know?" Click to read the full story.

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Dec 28, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Brooke Mayo is a far, far better woman than I. I cannot imagine being able to love a child I had borne out of rape. I can only guess that the adoption agency tried to shield her from any more trauma by telling her that the child had died. An odd lesson about the wrongfulness of lying, even with the best of intentions.
Dec 28, 2013 3:10 PM CST
If I had ever adopted a child I cannot imagine not telling the child of the adoption. And if my child were to search for the natural parent my love would enlist every shred of my being to assist in the effort. "child" is a synonym for human not for ""chattel to be coveted".
Dec 28, 2013 2:53 PM CST
For those who insouciantly believe "seek and ye shall find." I do not think 71 years is within contemplation of that notion. It is sheer happenstance that either is still alive.