Dec 10, 2011

Mother & Son Reunited after 40 Years

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – On Saturday, Sao Paulo businessman Walter de Oliveira, accompanied by his family, drove to Sorocaba, SP, to reunite with his mother after 40 years apart. His mother left him in an orphanage at age four suffering from tuberculosis.

Walter de Oliveira reunited with mother Dona Isaura after 40 years of separation

Walter de Oliveira and Dona Isaura (photo: G1 Sao Paulo)

Years passed but his desire to see his mother again never did. As the decades flew by, it was always a dream of his to know the mother that he never forgot. That dream came true on Saturday morning as he and his family made the 103 km (64 mile) drive from the city of Sao Paulo to the city of Sorocaba, in the state's industrial heartland.

When they arrived, his mother Isaura could not contain her excitement. The housewife held tightly to the same dream all those years, of reuniting with her long-lost son. She always insisted to her children—those who came after Walter—that someday she would find him. Isaura's granddaughter Glaucilene, a police officer, took the initiative, and with the help of a co-worker made the contacts that made the reunion possible.

Their arrival was very exciting. The brothers who had never met shook hands formally at first. Later, it was as if they had known each other all their lives. Dona Isaura was happy, saying that this will be a different kind of Christmas. She has gained a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. For Walter, it was the greatest Christmas present that he could receive. “We have a lot to talk about. I am very happy,” he told G1 Sao Paulo.

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