After 42 years, a Chilean man who was ‘adopted’ after his mother was informed he had passed away after childbirth was reunited with her.
As part of a trafficking network, Jimmy Lippert Thyden was snatched from his mother’s arms in the hospital and adopted by a different family.
Mara Angélica González and her son have been reunited thanks to the campaign Nos Buscamos, which found the documentation revealing the wrongdoing.
Thyden was delivered early and put in an incubator in a hospital in Santiago, Chile’s capital.
According to the case file, González was instructed to leave the hospital, but when she went back to receive her child, she was informed that he had passed away and that his body had been disposed of.
Jimmy Lippert Thyden hugged his mother and said in Spanish, “I love you very much,” as they both sobbed.
It made me feel like I had lost my breath. The severity of the situation made me feel choked, Thyden said in a video call to The Associated Press following the reunion. What kind of hug can you give someone to make up for 42 years of hugs?
After reading news articles about Chilean-born adoptees who had been reunited with their biological relatives with the aid of Nos Buscamos, he started his search for the birth family he had never known in April.
Thyden, a defense lawyer in the US, stated: “According to the adoption documents I have, I have no living relatives. I’ve recently discovered that I had a mother, four brothers, a sister, and other family members.
Based on a research from the Investigations Police of Chile, which examined the paper passports of Chilean children who left the country and never returned, Nos Buscamos estimates that tens of thousands of babies were abducted from Chilean families in the 1970s and 1980s.
The founder and director of Nos Buscamos, Constanza del Ro, stated: “The real reality is that these children were stolen from poor families, from poor women who didn’t know. They lacked the skills necessary for self-defense.
The 17-year rule of General Augusto Pinochet, who in 1973 led a Chilean coup to remove Marxist President Salvador Allende, coincided with a number of other human rights crimes, including the trafficking of children.
According to government statistics, many more were tortured or imprisoned for political reasons, and at least 3,095 people were died during the dictatorship.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn