Estela Carlotto, founder of Argentinean human rights group the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, found her missing grandson after a 36-year long search.
A DNA test confirmed that a man by the name of Ignacio Hurban is the son of Laura Carlotto, who was kidnapped and imprisoned by the Argentinian military while she was pregnant in 1978.
According to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Laura was killed shortly after giving birth to her son whom she named Guido.
“I didn’t want to die without hugging him,” said 83-year-old Carlotto. “And now I will be able to hug him soon.”
During the country’s last military dictatorship in 1977-1983, thousands of leftists who resisted the regime were kidnapped and killed.
As a result, over 500 babies born in prison were given away to unsuspecting couples or military families who raised those children according to the regime’s values.
Carlotto and her organization created a movement to find their missing grandchildren, and so far they’ve managed to solve over a hundred cases.
Guido was found on Tuesday after he volunteered to be tested by a DNA bank the organization opened, where each group member stored blood samples.
Guido’s uncle, Kito Carlotto stated, “I’m the only one who can speak. The rest of the family have a knot in their throat, it’s an incredible shock.”
Although the family is yet to meet Guido, Carlotto stated that she has already seen photos of her grandchild and is ecstatic to meet him.
Carlotto’s grandchild is the 114th case to be solved, and the organization will continue to search for their missing kin.