I love stories about family members being reunited and the one about a mom and a daughter meeting for the first time after 71 years is no different. Brooke Mayo was 17 when she got raped back in 1942 and had no other alternative but to give up her baby for adoption. The girl grew up not knowing she was adopted until 20 years ago, when she was already in her 50s.

Though it took her 20 years, Patricia finally reunited with her biological mom who, at 89, is not only alive but doing well.

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I can only imagine the first time they saw each other this past July. The reunion must have been highly emotional. Because we're sure you like family reunions just as much as we do, we've put together the following heartbreaking ones that we guarantee will have you in tears. 

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Kidnap victim reunites with family 36 years later

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Nicole Culverhouse was only 4 when she was kidnapped in Colombia. She ended up being adopted by an American family, but never forgot her horrific experience. In 2012, 36 years after her kidnapping, she finally got reunited with her huge Colombian family and to say the moment was emotional is an understatement.

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Latina army mom surprises daughter at school

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If you watch this and you don't cry, your heart must be made out of wood. Jamie Sanchez hadn't seen her mom, Veronica Velasquez, in over a year while she was stationed in Afghanistan. So the mom decided to surprise her in school a few days before her scheduled arrival. 

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Dad reunites with daughter he thought was dead

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Charles Lutzow had been told his first born daughter, Keri, had died at birth. So you can imagine his surprise when he found out it was lie and got to meet her 45 years later. Their reunion will break your heart!

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Tornado victim is reunited with her son

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Back in May, we all watched in horror as deadly tornadoes destroyed parts of Oklahoma — including one that leveled two elementary schools. Amid the devastation, stories like that of Trenda Purcell being reunited with her 8-year-old son Kamden, whom she feared dead, were triumphant. 

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Long-lost twin sisters reunited through YouTube

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Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman had been adopted separately when they were babies and had lived their whole lives in different parts of the world. But a YouTube video of Samantha in a comedy sketch raised suspicions for Anais as she felt she was looking at herself. Using Facebook, the identical twins separated at birth got reunited and their story is truly amazing!