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Written By Bewith Jeddy on Thursday, August 6, 2015 | 3:51 PM

 Reunion: Kriste Hughes, center, is pictured with her mother Thelma Tipton and brother Robert ina  tearful reunion after she found out she was sold as a child

 Apology: Tipton apologized to her daughter - despite making clear that she was lied to by Hicks, who said that Hughes was stillborn and even had her sign a death certificate

 After 51 years: Hughes did not know the circumstances of her birth - that she was sold on the black market by Dr Thomas Hicks - for decades


 Apology: Tipton apologized to her daughter - despite making clear that she was lied to by Hicks, who said that Hughes was stillborn and even had her sign a death certificate



Reunion: Tipton said she was pleased her family was reunited - but said Hicks 'robbed me of my life'
Baby seller: Dr Thomas Jugarty Hicks, pictured above, sold babies over a fifteen-year period. Some mothers knew, and some, like Tipton, did not


A 51-year-old woman who was taken from her parents and sold for less than $1,000 days after she was born has been reunited with her birth mother.
Kriste Hughes had her birth certificate falsified after she was born in MacCaysville, Georgia, and was given to a couple who bought her from Dr Thomas Jugarthy Hicks, a corrupt surgeon who did the same to dozens of others.
Hughes spent decades unaware of where she really came from - and all the while her mother was in the dark as well - Dr Hicks told her that Kriste was stillborn.


The family was reunited on-camera first in an almost wordless exchange - the two said 'I love you' to one another.
When Hughes asked her aging mother whether she wanted to sit down, she replied 'No, I wanna hold you'.
Dr Hicks's scheme ran from 1950 through 1965, and saw as many as 200 babies sold onto the black market for $800-$1,000.
Most of the pregnant women he treated gave their babies away to him willingly - though some, like Tipton, had every intention of caring for their child.

The lie endured for decades - and even after Hughes realized that she was adopted, the fact that she was sold on the black market left her with no paper trail with which to track down her family.
But this month Hughes and her mother saw each other for the first time, in a tearful reunion brought about after an investigation by ABC News's Nightline.

After tracking Hughes down, alongside other so-called Hicks Babies, the program's researchers used an ancestry website to find matches for a DNA sample.
By accessing the database of Ancestry.com, the news program was able to find a first cousin for Hughes, and track her family down to rural Georgia.
From there she was reunited with her older brother, Roger Tipton, and from there their mother, 75-year-old Thelma Tipton.


According to Tipton, Hicks told her Hughes 'had a bad heart' - and even had her sign the baby's death certificate. The program did not reveal the adoptive parents to whom Hicks sold Hughes.
ABC reported that Hicks gave up his medical license in 1964 for performing an illegal abortion, but was long dead by the time news of his baby-selling scheme came to light in the 1990s.
Of Hicks, Tipton said: 'He stole my daughter. He robbed me of my life… I missed out seeing her growing up, missed out on her first tooth… her first day in school… I missed out on her wedding, I missed out on everything.'
Roger Tipton agreed, telling the show: 'I wish I had had a sister to pick on or picked on me or something,” he said. “I just don’t think [Hicks] had a right to play God and… bust up our family.'

Source: Daily Mail


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