A woman in Austin, Texas, who was raped at age 15 was reunited 35 years later with the daughter she gave up for adoption.
Kathy Anderson was raped by a family member at age 15, and soon found out she was pregnant. Anderson kept the pregnancy a secret from her family until the day she gave birth, and three days later decided to give her baby up for adoption.
“I want to say I was 15 but I could have been a bit younger than that," Anderson told WE TV. "I have an amnesia on some of the events.
"I was young and it wasn't me saying 'I don't want you.'" Anderson continued, addressing her decision to give up her infant daughter. "I wanted her. The choices were not really mine. My mother and everyone at the hospital were saying this would be the best decision for the baby and me. I felt like I had no choice.
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“They felt it best to take the baby out of the room," she continued. "However after some discussion, my mother, the nurses and the doctors finally brought her to the room. It was an instant bond. I cannot explain that baby smell. I can still so clearly see her face. It was the most beautiful little face I had ever seen. Having that baby leave and knowing I would never get to hold her again. That was tough.”
Katie Wynn, the “perfect little girl” Anderson gave up, spent the first 20 years of her life in Minnesota with her adoptive parents Bill and Cindy Young. After moving to Arizona at age 20, Katie began to search for her birth family.
“I’ve always wondered about my birth mother, who she was, what she looked like, if she thought of me on my birthday and if I looked like her. I would go thru spurts of wanting to find her and just feeling hopeless since I only had an extremely common name – Kathy Anderson,” she wrote in her blog for WE TV.
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For years, Katie searched for her birth mother to no avail. Eventually, she received a call from her aunt Shirley, who revealed that she’d known about her birth family for years. Katie then submitted for a TV show called "Troy the Locator," which helps estranged families reunite, and after some questioning she found herself headed to Austin to meet her birth mother and two sisters, Portia and Alicia.
“We all bonded instantly and strangely, it doesn’t feel like we were ever separated,” Katie, now 35 years old, wrote. “I live in Austin now with my mom, Kathy, I see my sisters a lot and I love it.”
“Any doubts I may have had in the beginning were put to rest as soon as we all met,” Anderson said. “Katie and I feel as if we have been together this whole time. We are not trying to make up for lost time; we are excited about all the wonderful times we are building with all of us as a family.”