St. Clair Shores woman reunites with siblings after 65 years

A Saint Clair Shores women has reunited with her siblings after 65 years. 

She was adopted as a baby and recently began searching for her birth family -- and found more than she could have dreamed of. 

"I can't even explain the emotions," says Judi Saad. 

"I had gotten a registered letter in the mail. It was from somebody named Judi. I had no idea who Judi was until I opened the letter," says Karen Pruitt. She is Judi's sister. "Of course when I realized who she was, the tears started. Excitement tears, you know, because she had been out of our lives for almost 66 years."

A meeting was arranged the very next day.

"She approached me and said, 'Are you Karen?' And I looked at her and I said, 'Are you Judy?' Of course we embraced and cried again," Pruitt says. 

Their mother had two children out of wedlock.

"My mom put her up for adoption. I knew about her for a long, long time; I couldn't find her," says Pruitt. She had kept her mother's secret for many years, so their younger siblings didn't even know about Judi until recently. 

Of course, Judi had no idea, either, that she so many siblings - eight of them.

"I always tell everybody I'm an orphan. Well, I'm not an orphan anymore," Saad says, laughing.

Far from orphaned, finding the family she never knew she had is better late than never.

"I just went up and I gave her the biggest hug and it just felt like I've known this lady - this sister - a long long time," says Laura Saches. 

"I immediately saw the family resemblance and I said, 'Oh my God. This is my sister.' I mean, it's a great feeling," says Chuck Saches. 

"Pretty amazing, pretty loving family and very welcoming to me. They welcomed me with open arms," says Saad. 
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