A DNA test has reunited a woman with her biological mother, who gave her up for adoption 52 years ago.
The emotional family union occurred after the DNA test connected the pair, followed by a long- anticipated meeting at an airport in San Diego, US.
Daughter Erin Chatterton took an AncestryDNA test in September 2017 and learned she had a half-sister across the country, who had also taken the test.
Ms Chatteron’s half-sister then put her in touch with her biological mother Karen Leslie, ABC news reported.
The reunion came after a tragic separation 52 years ago when Ms Chatterton was just a baby.
At the time, Ms Leslie fell pregnant out of wedlock and was kicked out of her religious family’s home.
She gave her baby up for adoption as she felt she had no other option.
The pair took a further DNA test which confirmed they were indeed mother and daughter.
“How do you love somebody you’ve never met?” Ms Chatterton told local outlet Fox5.
“But you can love somebody you’ve never met.
“She gave me life… I’m so appreciative of that.”
“Everything is for a reason, and this is the reason and the right time,” Karen Leslie said of the emotional reunion.
Ms Chatterton has yet to meet her biological father because of current health issues but said she planned to as soon as she could.