Cynthia Bush says her parents were "appalled" when she became pregnant with triplets at 16 in 1971. They sent her from upstate New York to stay with an aunt in Kansas until she gave birth and adoptions were arranged through Catholic Charities. Bush eventually married the biological father of the babies and had three more children, but says she "always wondered about them." Now 61, Bush has embarked on a social media search to find the triplets she gave up, with help from her 36-year-old daughter. "It sounds corny but I always felt I've had something missing in my life," Christina Wilcox tells NBC News. "I wonder if that's what it is." A photo of Wilcox holding a poster with details of the triplets' births—including their March 9, 1972, birth date—has been shared some 5,000 times, and the story has gained international attention, as here at the UK's ITV News.
Wilcox says several people who worked at Trinity Hospital in Dodge City have contacted her, including one nurse who thinks the triplets were separated. If so, that would have violated Bush's written preference that they be kept together. But complicating things is that a priest, since deceased, provided Bush's aunt with updates on the boys for years, telling her they were together and doing well. In addition to social media, the family has reached out to Catholic Charities for help finding the boys. "I'd like to find them, but I don't want to disrupt their lives completely if they don't know they are adopted," Bush says. (Read more Kansas stories.)