Fifty-seven-year-old Andy Hallsworth was abandoned outside of a Church by his Irish birth parents in London, who, at the time, would have become outcasts in their families as a result of falling pregnant with a child out of wedlock.
Andy was born in 1965.
And just 6 weeks after his birth, he was abandoned by his parents, who were married 6 months into their pregnancy with Andy. Being part of a religious Irish Catholic family, the couple knew they’d face judgment for conceiving outside of wedlock, and instead, made the decision to leave the six-week-old child on Sutherland Place in Bayswater.
Andy was later adopted, leading a childhood filled with love, without knowing about his birth parents.
But, Andy, who now has 2 children, found out about his origin when he had his first child. According to the Daily Mail, he was asked about his medical history and hence was told that he had been adopted.
Andy wanted to find his birth parents, and so, took to asking Long Lost Family, a British Television series that has been running since 2011, for help.
Although unfortunately, Andy discovered that his birth father had passed away in 2009, he was connected with his mother, who was living in Ireland, wanting to remain unidentified by the TV show.
His mom, who is now eighty-two, wanted to meet him, with Andy saying that it was “brilliant news.” Andy also returned to the area his mom had left him.
“Thinking of my mum may be coming down this road and putting me here, seems like a really lovely church and she must have thought I want someone to find him,” he began.
“I don’t even know what day it was, that’s why I’d like to find out more about my circumstances, and why,” he continued.
Not only did Andy find his mother, but he also discovered that he was the eldest sibling of 8 children.
He then traveled to Ireland to have an emotional meeting with his mom.
“When I came to the door we looked in each other’s eyes and had a little hug and then we’ve been talking for the last three hours so it’s been great, really nice,” he said.
“She said it was a terrible feeling what she had done and what she had to do but there was no way she could’ve come back here with a baby, she would’ve been banished and outcast, which I completely understand,” he continued.
“I know why I am the way I am, I’ve met my mum and I know where I’m from which I didn’t know. I couldn’t have wished for anything better,” he finished.
What an incredible story!