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Mom Reunites With Son She Gave Up For Adoption 33 YEARS Later After DNA Test

A woman has been reunited with the son she gave up for adoption more than three decades ago after taking a DNA test and discovering they were a genetic match on 23andMe.

Melanie Pressley, 53, gave birth to her firstborn son Greg Vossler, 33, in Canton, Ohio, when she was 19. Unable to provide for the baby financially, the teenage mother made the difficult decision to give him up for adoption.

“You go through a period of mourning and yet you live the rest of your life with mourning,” she said Fox news of the years she spent separated from her son.

Incredible: Melanie Pressley, 53, reunited with her firstborn son Greg Vossler, 33, this summer after taking a DNA test and discovering they were a genetic match on 23andMe

Incredible: Melanie Pressley, 53, reunited with her firstborn son Greg Vossler, 33, this summer after taking a DNA test and discovering they were a genetic match on 23andMe

Tough decision: Pressley was 19 when she gave birth to Vossler in Canton, Ohio in 1988 and put him up for adoption because she couldn't provide for him financially

Tough decision: Pressley was 19 when she gave birth to Vossler in Canton, Ohio in 1988 and put him up for adoption because she couldn't provide for him financially

Tough decision: Pressley was 19 when she gave birth to Vossler in Canton, Ohio in 1988 and put him up for adoption because she couldn’t provide for him financially

The agency she worked with found him a two-parent family, but the adoption was closed. For 33 years, the only memory she had of her son was a single photo of him taken the day after he was born.

“His adoptive mother wrote me a letter a few months after he was born,” Pressley recalled. “And she said that when he’s old enough, she’ll tell him…” [that he was adopted].’

Vossler, who now lives in Winchester, Virginia, grew up curious about his heritage after learning later in his childhood that he had been adopted.

He had no idea about his biological family’s medical history, and his desire to know more about his genetics after becoming a father prompted him to take a DNA test in 2018.

Vossler told Fox News that 23andMe “always suggests new DNA relatives” and he thought there was a possibility that one of the connections “could lead to something important.”

Emotional: After learning they were mom and son on 23andMe, they met in person at Pressley's home in Wadsworth, Ohio, in June 2021

Emotional: After learning they were mom and son on 23andMe, they met in person at Pressley's home in Wadsworth, Ohio, in June 2021

Emotional: After learning they were mom and son on 23andMe, they met in person at Pressley’s home in Wadsworth, Ohio, in June 2021

It was Pressley’s daughter Rachel who gave her a gift card for 23andMe. While Rachel secretly hoped to put her mother in touch with her firstborn child, she claimed she wanted her to take the company’s DNA test for the health report.

‘I lost a mother to lung cancer – who had never smoked or drank in her life. So she sold that to me and said, “Oh my god. Then you’ll see if you have any of those genes or if there are flags,” Pressley explained.

The mother messaged her son on the 23andMe website right after they were matched as potential relatives, asking about his age. Once he confirmed that he was born on June 17, 1988, she told him she believed she was his biological mother.

The two emailed and texted each other before meeting in person in June 2021 at Pressley’s home in Wadsworth, Ohio, where they had an emotional reunion.

Vossler also met the biological mother’s husband, his two half-sisters and his half-brother, while Pressley was introduced to the wife of her first child and two sons.

Special Day: Vossler also met the birth mother's husband, his two half-sisters, and his half-brother, while introducing Pressley to the wife of her first child and two sons

Special Day: Vossler also met the birth mother's husband, his two half-sisters, and his half-brother, while introducing Pressley to the wife of her first child and two sons

Special Day: Vossler also met the birth mother’s husband, his two half-sisters, and his half-brother, while introducing Pressley to the wife of her first child and two sons

Miracle: Pressley and Vossler, pictured with his adoptive mother, are lucky to have found each other now that there are so many different DNA tests on the market

Miracle: Pressley and Vossler, pictured with his adoptive mother, are lucky to have found each other now that there are so many different DNA tests on the market

Miracle: Pressley and Vossler, pictured with his adoptive mother, are lucky to have found each other now that there are so many different DNA tests on the market

“Life has a funny way of giving you what you need and not necessarily what you want. Sometimes those wants and needs match, but sometimes you don’t realize what you really need until the future,” he said.

“Melanie’s family coming into my life at this time has been a blessing. It has rekindled some passions and excitement.”

Before taking the DNA test, Pressley was concerned that her son would not want contact with her, but now she believes many could benefit from contacting their separated relatives.

Both mother and son are lucky to have found each other now that there are so many different DNA tests on the market.

“After I found him, I felt like my heart was whole again,” she said. “As you get older you get a little wiser, but there’s no shame in giving someone up for adoption. There are loving couples who cannot have children who would like to raise a child.’

Pressley added that she has no regrets about raising her son, saying: “I’m telling you, if you could meet Greg, he got a life I didn’t believe. He was raised with manners. He was raised as you would dream. It’s just unbelievable.’

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