Monday, 13 May 2019

Man Who Was Abandoned As A Baby Inside Airport Toilet Finally Finds His Parents 33 Years After

A man who has spent more than three decades not knowing who his parents were after being left at Gatwick Airport has finally discovered who he really is.

Steve Hydes became known as Gary Gatwick – the name of the airport’s mascot – when he was discovered in some toilets in the South Terminal.

Experts have taken DNA samples and have now found who his parents are, but sadly for Steve his mother died before he got chance to meet up. However, his father is still alive and he has found out that he has siblings, but they did not know he existed.

Announcing the news on Facebook, Steve said: ‘After 15 years of searching I am happy to confirm that with the very hard work of Genetic Genealogists, CeCe Moore and Helen Riding we have been able to trace and confirm my birth family.

‘Unfortunately my birth mum has passed away so I am unable to find out exactly what happened and why.

‘However I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence.

‘As you can imagine this is quite a sensitive issue to all involved and very new to us all, but I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for their continued support over the years.

‘The work the Genealogists do is incredible and for years they have worked so hard and it is thanks to them they are solving cases like mine. More people are having their DNA tested every day and I hope this and my story can help raise awareness and prevent other babies from being abandoned.

‘Thank you to all those who have been involved and have helped with my search.’

Steve was found by duty free sales assistant Beryl Wright dressed in two babygrows and wrapped in a blanket in the women’s toilets at Gatwick on April 10, 1986, when he was believed to be 10 days old.

He has been on a long hunt to find his parents and made regular appeals around Christmas and the anniversary of him being found in the toilets.

Steve wanted to be able to tell his own children his background and more about their family heritage. He was fostered and then adopted by a family with three sisters.

He never harboured any ill-feeling towards his biological parents, but was curious about his past. Steve has kept all the items that he was found with under the sink, including the Gary Gatwick teddy bear that was given to him.

Source: Metro UK

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