She found her blood relatives by the Spanish woman whose case was first recognized by the court last year, that she had been separated from her mother during the Franco-dictatorship with the assistance of a midwife.
“First of all, I feel the puzzle of my life is complete,” he said at a press conference by Inés Madrigal on Thursday, revealing the details of a lucky match, thanks to an American DNA bank.
The fifty-year-old woman has given samples to several Spanish and international companies, but eventually found a match with a sample of a Spanish man living in Germany, who she now knows is her second cousin.
He first contacted him and rolled up the threads together. It turned out that he had four brothers who knew his case from television. They also discovered how much the woman resembled her mother, who had died six years ago.
Inés also told Madrid that she had learned from her family that she hadn’t been stolen as a newborn, as it had been with many babies at that time, but was voluntarily told about it.
This also changes the outcome of the 86-year-old doctor, Eeduardo Vela, who contributes to his birth. Although he was found guilty of first-degree forgery, illegal detention, but he was released by the court due to the limitation of his punishment. She then appealed to the Supreme Court against the verdict.
Inés Madrigal drew attention to the fact that in Spanish databases, DNA matching was not detected with one of her brothers who had just released a sample because the family was looking for her.
He criticized the obsolescence of the technology used, which does not allow families to find each other while thousands of people are looking for their relatives in this way.
In Spain, according to the calculations of various civil interest organizations, during the decades of the Franco-dictatorship (1939-1975) and in subsequent years, hundreds of thousands of children could be separated from their parents by saying, for example, that their child was born dead or died after the world came.
Initially, from a political point of view, families without children, ideologically appropriate for the regime, were given the children of political prisoners or families labeled as enemies of the regime. Later, children were taken away for moral reasons, such as unmarried single mothers. This is often done with the help of the Catholic Church.
In the first decades, transactions took place without any financial compensation, but later the children were offered money. According to Spanish historians investigating the period, this could have played a role in the fact that the practice survived long after the dictatorship had failed.