Amanda Borland had been searching for her now 19-year-old son Fibril Hardy since his 18th birthday last year.
Borland says her previous searches had failed because she was unknowingly misspelling her son’s name. Borland gave birth to her son when she was 17 and personally handed over baby Jibril to his adoptive parents, Gene and Kerry Hardy.
The Hardy’s agreed to have an open adoption and every year Borland sent birthday cards to Jibril’s Texas home and received updated pictures of him. “We kept a keepsake box for him. Every card she sent was saved and even the outfit he was given to us in was kept,” his mother Gene told InsideEdition.com.
After a few years, the family lost contact due to a move and Borland, unfortunately, stopped receiving updates. Borland never forgot about her son and this year she tried searching for him by spelling his named differently.
“This year I tried spelling it Jibril instead of ‘Jabril’ and put Texas. I also put baseball because the last picture I received from the family, he was in baseball uniform, and he came up,” Borland said. Borland saw that his photo was linked to a Twitter account and her youngest daughter reached out to Jibril on her Twitter.
Jibril told Inside Edition he was shocked to receive the message on March 4, but the family exchanged contact information and FaceTimed right away. “I was just talking about finding them the week before they contacted me,” Jibril told InsideEdition.com. “I found out I was adopted at 17. The only thing I knew about them were my parent’s first names. I didn’t know where they were.”
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— Aug (@King23Hardy) March 13, 2017
The family reunited on March 14th and Jibril said, “I was nervous. The moment was overwhelming. My little brother had the biggest reaction. I can’t even explain the feeling when me and my parents hugged for the first time.”
“It’s been amazing. We picked him up from the airport. It’s not a decision I ever wanted to do but I am glad we have a second chance,” Borland said. “His adoptive parents have been amazing. I can’t stop smiling. We are one big family.”
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