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The moment Paralympic star Jessica Long meets her Siberian mother

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 December 2013

US swimming star hugs the woman who gave her up as disabled child.

It's fair to say the re-union for the first time since Jessica - then Tanya - was a new born baby was traumatic yet joyful for both women. Pictures here and below: Yulia Pykhalova, KP

These dramatic pictures show the emotionally-charged moment Jessica, 21, met her real Mom.

The Siberian-born swimmer - an inspiration to young people around the globe - travelled half the round the world to meet Natalya Valrusgeva.

It's fair to say the re-union for the first time since Jessica - then Tanya - was a new born baby was traumatic yet joyful for both women. 

See also: http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/to-russia-with-love-jessica-long-meets-her-real-siberian-mom/

Pictures below show Jessica walking to her mother's house in the village near Bratsk in Siberia, and standing by her mother Natalya. 

The moment Paralympic star Jessica Long meets her Siberian mother


The moment Paralympic star Jessica Long meets her Siberian mother

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