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Port Charlotte man reunited with biological mother 58 years later

Posted at 11:11 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 06:53:14-05

The saying goes that a man can love different women in his life but the love for his mother is timeless. This was true for George Aswad who eagerly waited to meet his biological mother for the first time Thursday.

It's a moment he's been anticipating for the past 58 years. 

George's mother gave him up for adoption when he was just two weeks old. He told Four in Your Corner that her felt a void his whole life. 

"There was just something missing in my life and it was just great, with the DNA test it was really pretty easy", he said while standing in Concourse B of Southwest Florida International Airport next to the mother he contacted just weeks earlier. 

The journey started four months ago when George's daughter gave him a 23andMe kit for his birthday in June. The service uses saliva to determine a person's genealogy. Users also have the option of registering the information in a system so that they can find people who they share DNA with. That's what George decided to do. 

The site matched him with an uncle and eventually led him to three sister who he met last month. Thursday he was meeting his mother, Jackie Montoya. 

Montoya was just 21 years-old when she gave her son up for adoption. She always wondered what it would be like to meet him. She said that she never reached out because she didn't want to interfere in his life. Over the years she was content hoping that he had a good life. 

The wondering finally came to an end when she met her son for the first time. When she initially heard from George, Jackie was nervous to speak with him.  "The first time I knew that he was there I really didn't talk to him until the next day. I just couldn't do it", she said after embracing her son for the first time. 

Montoya said she finally got the courage to speak to him the next day. A month later, she now has the chance to meet the baby boy she gave up all those years ago.