When 17-year-old Carol Winters lost her dear boyfriend to a car accident, she was devastated. The couple had planned to elope and start a life together, along with the child that Carol was carrying, but it was not to be. Adding to her heartbreak, when Carol’s parents learned that she was expecting a baby, they forced her to place her child for adoption. Carol said goodbye for what she thought would be forever.

Fifty-four years later, Andrea Sommerfeld Lee finds Carol thanks to the help of Andrea’s son. Andrea, an adoptee, searched decades before being reunited with her birth family.

This video shows the sweet reunification of Andrea with her mother, Carol. Grab a tissue before you click the play button!