Doris Crippen, 73, said she had recovered from what she thought was the flu in May. Because of the weakness that made her, she ended up falling and breaking her arm, sending him to the emergency room and eventually falling down the memory lane.
It turned out he had coronavirus and had to spend nearly 30 days in the hospital recovering, Crippen said. Once released, Crippen went to Fremont Methodist Health’s Dunklau Gardens to rehabilitate her arm.
It was there that he came across a wonderful surprise.
Bev Boro, 53, has been a medicine assistant at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont for 22 years and when she found Crippen’s name on a patient board, he recognized her immediately.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Boro told a news conference on July 22nd. “I thought, ‘My God, I think this is my sister.’
The two women have the same father, but different mothers, and they do not look alike at the age of 53, when Boro was a baby. Crippen lived with his mother, but Boro and four of his 14 brothers were separated by the state and placed in adoption when he was 6 months old.
On June 27, Boro decided to take a chance and confirm that Crippen was who he thought he was. As Crippen does not listen to them, Boro entered his room with a white board and wrote his father’s name. Crippen confirmed that it was his father.
“I pointed to myself and said,‘ That’s mine too! … I have our father’s eyes, ”Boro said.
“I fell out of my chair and ended up crying,” Crippen said. “It was just a happy feeling to find my sister. It’s been 53 years since I was a baby and I kept her.”
Crippen had tried to find his brothers several times over the years, but failed.
“It’s amazing … really overwhelming, after so many years,” Crippen said. “I never thought I’d find her again.”
Boro, meanwhile, had tracked down most of his siblings, and now he manages to reunite Crippen with members of his family, thinking he had lost. Now they are trying to plan a family reunion.
“It was the Lord’s blessing that I was sent here,” to the rehab center, “because if they hadn’t sent me here, I wouldn’t have found it,” Crippen said.