Mum finds daughter she was forced to give up as baby 69 years later after DNA test

By Mirror | Tuesday, Oct 15th 2019 at 15:33
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A mother who was forced to give up her baby daughter at just six-weeks-old has finally been reunited with her - 69 years later.

Margaret Preston gave birth out of wedlock in 1950 and was pressured into letting her little girl be put up for adoption.

The heartbroken 88-year-old always hoped that her daughter would one day track her down.

And her dream was finally realised when last month - after her daughter Christine Savage embarked on a five-year search that involved the help of previously unknown family members in Australia and America - and the two met for the first time in nearly seven decades.

The 69-year-old former secretary had decided to find her natural mother when she retired and some years after her adoptive parents passed away.

And it was her decision to upload her DNA to a family history website that led to the pair being finally reunited.

"She had been hoping for years that I would contact her. When I was born, she thought I would never be able to," Mrs Savage said.

"There was a little bit of apprehension about meeting her. We were both feeling kind of emotional. She was waiting outside the lift and we walked right past her because I didn't recognise her at first.

"When I did, I said it's lovely to see you." She may be my mother, but she feels like a complete stranger.

"She was so pleased to hear from me it was lovely.

"It wasn't awkward. She's very chatty, and we have got so much catching up to do."

Following her retirement in 2012, Christine had a change of heart, and began searching for her mother, having only her name, childhood address, and incidental details, such as the fact she had eczema.

After having no luck searching electoral rolls, and even splashing out hundreds of pounds on a private researcher, she decided to upload her DNA to website Ancestry.co.uk.

She was alerted to a close match - a 61-year-old woman from Australia named Rosalind Preston, who turned out to be her younger half-sister and who had no idea that her mother had given birth to another child almost a decade before.

Christine said: "I sent a message to say I see we are a close DNA match.

"I told her a little bit about myself.

"I didn't say much because I didn't know if I would get a reply.

"She came back and said 'how nice to hear from you', assuming I was a cousin or or something.

"I said I'm her half-sister and that came as a huge shock.

"For Rosalind, there was some explaining to do."

She later received a message from a 58-year-old man from Florida named Geoff Preston, Rosalind's - and Christine's - younger brother.

The message read: "I hear I'm your little brother".

Mr Preston gave her her natural mother's phone number and she rang her immediately.

They spoke on the phone before Mrs Savage travelled with her husband, retired accountant Steve, 68, to her home in St. Annes-on Sea, near Blackpool, Lancs, to meet her in person.

They spent almost four hours together, exchanging stories, making cups of tea, and eating chocolate eclairs.

Margaret is now relocating back to Birmingham and can be closer to her daughter, and Christine is intending on bringing her daughter Kathryn to meet her grandmother for the first time soon.

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