Mother Meets 49-Year-Old Daughter For The First Time After Being Told She Died At Birth

April 13, 2015  |  

This story could very well be turned into a Saturday afternoon Lifetime movie. But sometimes life, as they say, is stranger than fiction. The lives of two women in Olivette, Missouri, were forever changed forty-nine years ago when Zella Jackson Price, now 76, was told her daughter died hours after birth.

But last week both Price and her daughter Melanie Diane Gilmore were reunited in person for the first time at Price’s home.

Forty-nine years ago, when Gilmore was born at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Price was told that her daughter died. But not only was Gilmore alive, she was adopted by another family.

Price, who is a well known gospel singer, said that while she has been hurt by the years of separation she is thankful for a second chance.

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

Gilmore traveled from Oregon with her own daughter and son to St. Louis where she met her mother and brother, Harvey for the first time.

Gilmore, who lost her hearing at 3-years-old due to a childhood illness, said that she’s been looking forward to the reunion for a long time.

“I am just so happy…very excited.”

Gilmore was not able to meet her biological father because he passed away a few years ago. While the two were happy for the reunion, they plan to launch an investigation to discover what happened at the hospital half a century ago.

The meeting came about when Gilmore’s children searched for their grandmother on the internet. Eventually, they found Zella and a DNA test proved that she is Melanie’s mother. 

You can watch the mother and daughter meet for the first time in the video below.

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