Thomas Cain of Thomasville, North Carolina, was only 13-years-old when he tragically lost his mother. What’s even more tragic, perhaps, is that he didn’t have a single picture of her, and therefore hasn’t been able to even look at her face for the last 70 years.

But thanks to a lot of research done by his granddaughter, Andrea Farrell, and a little help from a local newspaper, the 83-year-old was able to lay eyes on the woman who gave birth to him for the first time in decades.

The emotional moment was captured on camera and the powerful video, which was uploaded in 2013, has recently gone viral. According to KFOR, Andrea is now looking for a photo of her grandfather’s father, who also died when he was a teenager.

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