After 49 years, Zella Jackson Price, mother reunites with the daughter she thought died at birth

April 12, 2015 2:13 pm

A mother & daughter have re-united after a bizarre and unexplained hospital mishap kept them apart for almost 50 years, NYDailyNews reports…

, 76, a gospel in singer in the St. Louis suburb
Olivette, says she was told 49 years ago that her daughter had died in a
hospital hours after being born. But on Thursday, Price met that very
alive daughter, Melanie Diane Gilmore. A nurse had told Jackson-Price
that her baby, who was three months premature
and weighed less than one pound, died shortly after birth. “She came up
to me three hours later and said your baby passed,” Jackson-Price told
the NYDN.

Gilmore was subsequently adopted by another , and believed that
her birth mother gave her up. When she was 20, Gilmore’s adoptive
mother died, and she moved to Oregon to live with a relative. There, she
began searching for her biological mother.

Gilmore’s son and twin daughters helped search for their grandmother
last year, using Facebook to track Jackson-Price down and a DNA test to
confirm the match. Results came back in March, and it was “a 99.9997%
match,” Gilmore’s daughter wrote in the description section of a YouTube video documenting the reunion.

Gilmore, who’s been deaf since the age of 3, was given the by
her children via sign language. Then she was introduced to her mother
for the first time in a video message

“God has given me everything the devil has taken from me,” Jackson-Price said “I’m getting it back. I’m getting my baby back.”

Jackson-Price expressed plans to investigate whether the hospital mishap was an accident or something more nefarious.

“I’m still kinda in shock. I don’t know what we’ll find out, what
error, what was done, I don’t know what we’ll find out,” she told the Daily News. “As soon as we get over the excitement of being together and everything, I will seek a lawyer.”

Homer G. Phillips Hospital closed in 1979, and was converted into senior living apartments in 2003.

Source: New York Daily News/Mashable.com

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