Martinsville, VA - It's been a very emotional couple of days for a Martinsville woman who was reunited with her after daughter 57 years to the day.
Betty Brown found out she was pregnant, she went to Michigan and put the baby up for adoption. She was worried she would lose custody of her other kids if she had the baby and felt she had no other choice.
Since 1955, Brown has had something on the back of her mind. She thinks of her daughter every day.
Miles away in Michigan, Beth Heal grew up an only child in an ideal family. Still, she always wondered about her birth mother.
"As I got older, I got curious. Which I know now that I got that from Betty," said Heal.
When Beth's adoptive parents passed away, she took off with that curiosity, getting information from the courts and even hiring a detective.
"The only one word clue in the whole story that I was able to do this was she had named me 'Baby Girl Perdue,'" said Heal.
That clue led her to a Martinsville home with her family inside.
"I have dreamed of it and thought about it. But I never thought it would come true," said Heal.
"Baby Girl Perdue now has a name," said Brown.
Betty got to hold her daughter for the first time.
"I just remember hugging her," said Brown.
Now Beth has two mothers and the sisters she always wanted.
"She found five willing to love her and they call her sister," said Brown.
And all that pain Betty has carried for 57 years has gone away.
"I felt terrible but on the top end of the spectrum today I am ecstatic beyond description," said Brown.
Beth is going back to Michigan next week, but they plan to always stay in touch.
Beth has a message for everyone who has experienced adoption - she says to never give up.