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Mother reunites with long-lost son

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A woman who thought her son was gone forever was reunited with him Saturday 35 years later.

Kathy Amaya hugged her son David at Lindbergh Field for the first time since her estranged husband took him to Mexico when he was just a toddler.

It was a reunion more than 30 years in the making.

"Exciting, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was waiting for this day," Kathy said.

The last time Kathy Amaya saw her son David he was just three years old.

"Very happy but overwhelmed...I had hope but I don't think it would ever come," Kathy said.

In the 70's, David was taken by his father to Mexico on a 30-day permit. Those 30 days turned into more than 30 years, and during that time his mom was never able to find him or contact him.

But last month David was arrested by Border Patrol agents and managed to convince them he was a U.S. citizen. He ended up on the streets of San Diego and ran into pastor Freddy Rivas.

"I saw him looking at the food. He was so hungry...he hasn't eaten. And so I asked him if he needs something to eat and he did...I gave him a burrito and after that we started talking," pastor Rivas said.

David was finally able to get in contact with his mother after all these years.

"This is my reward, to see a mother and a son that was lost for 34 years reunite again," pastor Rivas said.

There is one more hurdle for mom and son, you see, David doesn't speak English but after waiting this long patience is something the two have plenty of.

"Gonna spend time with each other. With the help of him...yup make up for lost time," Kathy said.

David's father is not talking to media. As for David, after a trip to Wisconsin to spend some time with his mother, he says he's enjoyed San Diego so much he plans to make it his home.

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