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Mother, son reunite 33 years later

by Tara Thomas

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- An Eastern Iowa mother gave her baby boy up for adoption decades ago.

33 years later, she and her son were reunited after a hospital error turned out to be the missing link to the search for his biological mother.

When 59-year-old Deb Kuehne gave up her baby for adoption forty years ago, she says it was a different time.  That baby is today a 40-year-old merchant marine.

Scott Eggink was raised in northwest Iowa on a dairy farm by his adoptive family.

His adoption was closed and details were hard to come by when Scott decided to track down his biological mother 7 years ago.

A hospital slip-up was the missing link. His adoptive parents remember the bracelet on his wrist as an infant read "baby Hurley".  Hurley was his biological mom's maiden name.

He already had access to her health history and knew she had a lung operation as a teenager. Thanks to the Internet Scott was able to track down 200 Hurleys across Iowa.

A letter to each address detailed his search and mother's health history. His biological grandfather received one of these letters and knew right away his daughter Deb was Scott's mother.

An email exchange led to a 4-hour phone call and first meeting and now months spent living with Deb and her husband when Scott has time off during the winter.

The resemblance and comfort level instantly bonded them.


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