Facebook message from biological mum turns man's life upside down

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Benjamin Hulleberg always knew he was adopted, but one Facebook message on his birthday changed his life forever.

In November last year, Mr Hulleberg got a message on Facebook wishing him a happy birthday, however, he had no idea who Holly Shearer was.

He politely responded to her message, asking if he knew her and that's when Ms Shearer came clean.

"You don't know me," Ms Shearer said.

"Which is weird to have a stranger message you. 20 years ago I made the hardest decision of my life and placed my beautiful little baby up for adoption with a beautiful family."

Benjamin Hulleberg got a birthday message from his biological mother on his birthday. Source: Good Morning America
Benjamin Hulleberg got a birthday message from his biological mother on his birthday. Source: Good Morning America

According to St Mark's Hospital in Utah, Ms Shearer was only 15 years old when she had Mr Hulleberg and she realised being so young, she couldn't give her son the life she wanted for him.

The two went through life for about 20 years, both thinking about the other.

Ms Shearer told Good Morning America she had found her son on social media when he was 18-years-old, but decided against contacting him at the time, because he had a lot going on.

Lucky she did eventually message him and tell him who she was, as he was overcome with emotion after seeing her message.

Holly Shearer had Benjamin Hulleberg when she was just 15. Source: St Mark's Hospital/Facebook
Holly Shearer had Benjamin Hulleberg when she was just 15. Source: St Mark's Hospital/Facebook

“I was crying. It was all very positive emotions,” Mr Hulleberg told GMA.

“But to me, this is a day I had been waiting for the past 20 years of my life and to imagine that it was finally happening was outrageous. It was a lot to take in.”

The two met up the very next day, Mr Hulleberg's adoptive parents were also involved as was Ms Shearer's family.

It turns out Ms Shearer and Hulleberg were a lot closer to each other over the years than they thought — they both worked at the same hospital.

The two had worked at the same hospital, not knowing about the other. Source: Facebook/St Mark's Hospital
The two had worked at the same hospital, not knowing about the other. Source: Facebook/St Mark's Hospital

Ms Shearer works as a medical assistant at HCA Healthcare’s St Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City and Mr Hulleberg volunteers in the NICU.

“Every morning, I would come in through the women's pavilion to come into work. So I passed right by the NICU every single day," Ms Shearer told GMA.

"We parked in the same garage, could have been on the same floor, had no idea that we were so close."

Mr Hulleberg now calls Ms Shearer "mum" and the two meet up with each other when they're both working at the hospital.

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