What A Pre-Mother’s Day Gift!
Forty-nine-year old Melanie Diane Gilmore of Oregon, very much alive, arrived at Lambert St. Louis International Airport Thursday afternoon, excited about the reunion of a lifetime. She would soon meet her mother. First, she was greeted and hugged by her brother Harvey Price Junior. Gilmore’s son and twin daughters began searching for their grandmother last year, and connected with the help of Facebook. Eventually a DNA test confirmed the grand children’s detective work.
Video of when daughter found out the first time:
Back in Olivette, Price-Jackson was anxiously waiting for the arrival of Melanie Diane, who has been hearing-impaired since the age of three.
“She’s deaf and can’t hear because of measles and I think if she had been with me this would not have happened,” said Jackson-Price. “I want to see her roll down this street. I guess I might snatch her out of the car.”
There’s nothing greater. There’s nothing greater than this. Nothing,” Ms Price told Fox 2. “(God) has given me everything the devil has taken from me. I’m getting it back. I’m getting my baby back.”
Finally, Jackson-Price saw her son’s white SUV carrying a daughter and grandchild she was meeting for the first time. With a loud, joyful scream, Jackson-Price hugged Melanie Diane in a tight embrace.
Once St. Louis’ only hospital for African Americans, Homer G. Phillips Hospital closed in 1979, and became senior living apartments in 2003. Was this former hospital the scene of a kidnapping nearly 50 years ago?
When this story aired a second time Friday afternoon, a woman called KSDK’s newsroom, saying her parents had a similar story: a baby girl born at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1953; the woman said a nurse told her parents the girl died. KSDK is looking into her story.
The Price family said eventually it will hire an attorney to investigate what happened 49 years ago.
“I’m still kinda in shock,” said Jackson-Price. “I don’t know what we’ll find out, what error, what was done, I don’t know what we’ll find out. As soon as we get over the excitement of being together, and everything, I will seek a lawyer.”
In the meantime, Jackson-Price said she’ll be busy spoiling her daughter and grandchildren. A mystery that may never be solved will have to wait.
Only time can heal those wounds, only time,” said Jackson-Price. “It’s a new chapter.”
Mother Zella Jackson Years ago Performing: I’m His Child live
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