Reunions
Young mom places twins for adoption and they reunite on her 80th birthday
When Marge placed her twin babies for adoption, she had no clue she'd be seeing them again 60 years later. It was the most precious gift.
Jenny Brown
11.10.22

A woman named Marge Garguilo carried a heavy burden for the majority of her life

She had a secret that she wouldn’t reveal to anyone: when she was only 20 years old, she had twins whom she gave up for adoption.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

While pregnant, Garguilo had no idea she was expecting not one, but two babies, so it was quite a shock for her when she found out during labor.

“I didn’t know that it was two until they came,” she told Arizona’s Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix.

The New York native knew right away that she wouldn’t be able to care for them.

That’s why she made the decision to go to Arizona, where her aunt lived, to place the babies for adoption.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

She only had one condition. The babies should be given to an adoptive family together.

She didn’t want them to be separated by no means.

“[I wanted to] make sure that they stayed together. They’re brothers, I wanted them to stay together,” she explained.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

The woman never forgot the moment when she saw her babies.

It was the first and last time that she actually saw them. Or, at least, that’s what she thought.

“When I left the hospital, they wheeled me past the nursery so I could see them before I left. And that was it,” Garguilo said.

Fortunately, it didn’t end up being the last time she saw her twin boys.

It took ages until they met again, yes, but they eventually did.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

On her 80th birthday, her sons Steve and Dave Bibel visited her and spent her birthday together, just like families do.

After all, she’s the woman who carried them for nine months and brought them into the world.

Curious about who helped make this reunion happen?

Marge’s sister reached out to Steve thanks to DNA website 23 and me, and they were able to organize the reunion together.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

As for the men’s feelings about meeting their birth mother for the first time?

“Just the whole concept of this coming together was like a God moment for me. I was just like, wow, this was miraculous,” Dave Bibel said.

None of the three can believe they were so lucky to get back together after all these years. One thing they agree on: it’s surreal.

Marge had never thought she would have the chance to meet her children.

Steve and Dave, who grew up happily, couldn’t even imagine meeting their birth mother, especially now that they’re in their 60s.

These twins are part of the 7 million Americans that are adopted.

Today, one in 25 American families have adopted children. Many of them have both biological and adopted children.

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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

And, although it is really hurtful to place your child for adoption, it may sometimes be a woman’s only option when she knows that she can’t provide the child with what they need in order to grow up properly.

It’s just amazing that this woman had the opportunity to see her children after so many years, it is obvious that it means the world to all three of them.

YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix
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YouTube - Arizona's Family 3TV and CBS 5 News Phoenix

Wasn’t this an incredible reunion story?

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at [email protected]
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