Father, daughter meet for first time
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WSVN) -- A social media site is responsible for bringing a South Florida woman face-to-face with her father for the first time.
Fifty-year-old Zoraida Soto of Pompano Beach waited anxiously at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Thursday, for a man whom she had never met. "My mind is going a million miles a minute. I'm excited," she said.
She was waiting for the arrival of Jose Quiles, her father. She said, "I'm gonna meet my father after 50 years, for the first time."
Soto was only two months old when she and her mother had to leave her father behind in Puerto Rico to live with family in Chicago. "He got home, we weren't there," said Soto, "so he's been looking for me for all these years."
According to Soto, she thought her father was dead for many years.
However, thanks to Facebook, the 74-year-old eventually found his long-lost daughter. Upon their reunion, they shared tears, kisses, hugs, laughs and love. "He says I look just like him. I was wondering where I got this nose," Soto laughed.
Not only does Quiles have his daughter back; he now has four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family was reunited just in time for Father's Day. Soto said, "It's beautiful to see and meet your father after all these years, and on Father's Day, too."
Quiles said this Father's Day will be the best one of all.
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