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Andy Hallsworth claims that his mother was once a scared teenager when she learned he was abandoned as a child outside of church, but the truth shocked him.
When Andy Hallsworth discovers he was abandoned as a child outside of church, he assumes his mother is a little boy scared to be alone.
He never gave it much thought until his adoptive parents died, and he decided to try to find out more.
But when he finally found his biological mother, he was shocked to the bone.
It turned out that his biological parents were married when he was born and went on to have 7 more children.
Andy, 56, says: “I had a story in my head about a teenage girl in the 1960s with a problem.
“So when I found out my parents were married when I was born, it was a lot to get involved.”
The Irish couple came from religious families and Andy’s mother became pregnant before they married in 1965.
They would have been rejected if that came to light and so they moved to London, where Andy was born three months later.
With little money and a young child to wear and feed, the couple decided to move back to Ireland.
When they arrived at Paddington Station in West London to catch a train to the ferry terminal, they left their baby on the steps of a Catholic church.
It was an act of desperation and shock, but Andy deeply felt no resentment.
He said: “It is lovely to know that I was made in a love relationship and that they were together.
“I was a little emotional to learn that they did their best to take care of me for six weeks.
“But that sadness isn’t for me, it’s for them – that they gave their best.”
Andy didn’t know he was abandoned until he was 37 years old, when his non-blood father Stan blurted it out to him when he asked him about his medical past.
Andy, who lives and works in Norfolk as a zookeeper, grew up in Harrow, North West London, with adoptive parents Stan and Ann.
It was a happy childhood and he always knew he was adopted, but was less curious about his origins.
The only record is a newspaper cutting an abandoned good tree at a church.
Andy and his wife Catherine became parents to Lydia, 23, and Matthew, 17, while Andy’s parents passed away in 2018 and 2019.
Then, last year, he watched ITV’s Long Lost Family and he started thinking about his biological mother.
Through a DNA search, the show’s experts finally found a match between Andy and one of his sisters on a
Andy, whose story is on tonight’s show, was told his biological father had passed away in 2009 but a reunion had been arranged for him to meet his 82-year-old biological mother in Ireland earlier this year.
“I held her hand and we talked and exchanged pictures and I told her about my life,” he recalls.
“She said it was a terrible thing to do and she was very upset but she had to.
“I said I don’t need an apology and there’s nothing to forgive.”
Andy also learns more about his early days, including his actual date of birth and how he’s been named three times.
“I did what I set out to do, which was to give reassurance to someone who might have thought about what she’s done all her life,” he said.
Long Lac Gia Sinh Without Traces premieres at 9pm tonight on ITV channel.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/man-abandoned-baby-stunned-learn-27034575 The man who was abandoned when he was a baby is shocked to learn that his parents are married and have 7 more children