Claire Byrne Live viewers in shock as woman shares family DNA secret 1 month ago

Claire Byrne Live viewers in shock as woman shares family DNA secret

"A priest and a doctor had deliberately falsified my record without my birth mother’s knowledge."

Monday night's episode of Claire Byrne Live left viewers in shock after a segment about DNA testing provided some interesting results.

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One guest shared her story of how she uncovered a major family secret through DNA, which changed her life forever.

"When I was 49 - about five years ago - my mother died, and about six weeks after her death, I discovered that she wasn’t my mother," she explained.

"She had taken the secret to the grave. I had been adopted into this family but I was unaware and the second shock was when I discovered that there was no adoption agency."

After researching what had happened, she discovered that a priest and a doctor had deliberately falsified her birth record - without her birth mother knowing.

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"I had nothing, I know who I am because of DNA. I have an identity purely down to DNA," she said.

Explaining how she got to the bottom of things, she said: “I started off with a fourth cousin in the States so that’s why it took so long, and then I was getting closer matches.

“For two years I sat with a laptop in bed because it becomes so addictive and it would be midnight and I would give up.

“You’re writing to people you match with, so total strangers - some shut it down or you’re left waiting for a response and it doesn’t come but you meet some amazing people.”

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She finally managed to meet with her real biological mother, which she said "changed and enhanced" her life.

She concluded: "Only on Saturday just gone I was in my mother’s house with my brother, her sister, and brother who I’m so fond of now.

“We looked at a file that went back to the 17th century on all my ancestors and to me, it meant so much."