A grown man and his mother were reunited after 42 years following the pair’s separation at birth. The Virginia man named Jimmy Lippert Thyden, 42, embraced his mother Maria Angelica Gonzalez as the two shared a moment that begs the question, when will this become a Hollywood movie?
Fox News Digital provided translations of the encounter, which started with Jimmy embracing Maria and saying, “Hola, Mama, I love you very much.” The heartfelt encounter didn’t end there as the mother and son finally reunited for the first time in their lives.
In a mix-up at the hospital over four decades prior, doctors informed Maria that her son died and would not be going home with her. That mistake was believed by Maria for years until she finally reconnected with Jimmy. Maria said, “Mijo, you have no idea the oceans I’ve cried for you, how many nights I’ve laid awake praying that God let me live long enough to learn what happened to you.”
Reuters shared more info about the story, sharing that Jimmy had been on a months-long search to find the woman who gave birth to him after living his life with no knowledge of who she was. “She didn’t know about me because they took me at birth and told her I was dead. When she asked for my body, they told her they had disposed of it.”
He added, “So we’ve never held each other, we’ve never hugged.” The pair rectified that quickly as they shared an embrace that few could ever imagine.
Jimmy was taken from his mother as a part of a greater human trafficking scheme that has plagued the world over recent decades. After being stolen from his mother, he was adopted with paperwork that indicated he had no remaining family. Later, at his meet-up with his biological mother, balloons were placed around the room to mark each year they had been separated.
He explained, “There is an empowerment in popping those balloons, empowerment in being there with your family to take inventory of all that was lost. The paperwork I have for my adoption tells me I have no living relatives. And I learned in the last few months that I have a mama and I have four brothers and a sister.”
This story comes at a time when the hit film “Sound of Freedom” is still a major talking point across America, as moviegoers are faced with the stark and brutal reality of the child trafficking epidemic. Speaking on the tens of thousands of children stolen from Chile in around the time that Jimmy was taken from his family, Constanza del Rio said the following, “”The real story was these kids were stolen from poor families, poor women that didn’t know. They didn’t know how to defend themselves.”
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