With National Adoption Day just around the corner — Nov. 23 to be exact — NBC News's chief medical editor and one of "Today's Professionals," Nancy Snyderman, is looking to show her support for adoption in a very personal way.
The 60-year-old former surgeon adopted her daughter Kate while working in Little Rock, Arkansas. While she hadn't planned o having children, she learned that a 16-year-old girl was giving birth and putting her baby up for adoption.
Now, 27 years later, Snyderman's daughter Kate was on a quest to find her birth mother.
"I always told her that I would never stand in her way I think everybody has the right to know his or her origins," Snyderman told Us. "But I also warned her that you know it’s a Pandora’s box, and she had to prepare for the repercussions of the journey."
Along the way, Kate, 27, discovered that her biological sister, Cheri, had also been looking for her and from there she got to meet her brother, Clint, and her birth mother.
"She was very very nervous," Snyderman revealed. "I think she was worried about rejection."
But the medical professional wasn't concerned about her daughter's reunion with her birth mother.
"My relationship with Kate is so strong that I didn’t have any worries," she said. "She knows who her mom is and I just approached it with that belief."
The special reunion took place late this summer and was filmed by Today Show cameras for a special segment that will air the week of Nov. 4, when the hit morning show focuses on stories of successful open adoptions in a week-long series.
Kate has kept in touch with her biological family since the reunion. These days, Kate is getting her Masters in fine art and technology at Parson's School of Design in New York after earning her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. Although Kate doesn't have children yet, Snyderman thinks her daughter will likely adopt a few children in her lifetime.
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