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After 51 years, a mother and son meet

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A mother and son are reunited after 51 years a part. Thinking they would never meet each other, a surprise Facebook message about two months ago brought them together. And this weekend they finally met.

It's an emotional first time meeting. Sue Woodard and her son Bill Ditomassi embrace for the first time. When Woodard gave birth to Ditomassi at 14-years old, she wasn't even allowed to hold him, until now. "Back then, 1963, it was shame of the family, shame of the town and it was a closed adoption through catholic charities," Woodard said.   

Woodard lived in a home while she was pregnant and Ditomassi lived with nuns until he was four-months-old. Then he was adopted by what he describes as loving parents.  

Ditomassi said they always told him the truth about his birth and even encouraged him to find his biological mother.  But since it was a closed adoption, both Woodard and Ditomassi thought they would never meet.

 Luckily, Ditomassi was the only baby boy born at the hospital back on February 26, 1963.

After Woodard's niece did some research, she found him on Facebook and began sending him messages.

"I was contacted and of course I thought it was a scam. I wrote back to her and asked her for history about the family. She sent me a couple of pages of history starting in Freeport where I was born," Ditomassi said.    

They talked for two months online and on the phone. And after a lifetime apart, this mother and her son decided to finally meet.

Now, Ditomassi says he has two mothers and both agree you can never have enough people who love you.

This summer, Woodard and Ditmomassi will go on their first family vacation together.

They plan on going to the beach.

 

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