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Woman who was abandoned after she lost her hearing as a child finds family

Mary Davies finds her mother has died but meets 5 siblings

Thursday 3 August
Woman who was abandoned after she lost her hearing as a child finds family

Editor - August 03 at 07:00

A woman who was taken from her unmarried mum and then rejected by her adoptive parents when she lost her hearing has finally met her birth family – after 56 years. Mary Davies was desperate to track down her mum, Bernadette Sweeney, who gave up her baby after being taken in by a Catholic mother and baby unit as a child.
She contacted Long Lost Family who broke the news that her mum was dead – but put her in touch with five siblings she never knew she had. Mary said “I was devastated to learn that my mother had passed away after the long search. I would have loved to have met her. “At first I felt really nervous about meeting the rest of the family, as I couldn't believe I had 5 siblings all of a sudden and I wasn't sure how they would feel about me. “They didn't know about me so it was a big shock for them all, but they have welcomed me with open arms and it's like we have known each other our whole lives.” Mary’s mum Bernadette, from Ireland was young and unmarried when she gave birth to Mary and turned to the church for help.
She was put in a mother and baby home run by nuns, in North London, but when she was six weeks old, Mary was placed with an adoptive family. When her hearing began to deteriorate, her new family decided they couldn’t cope with a deaf child and Mary. She spent the first six years of her life moving between children’s homes, unable to find an adoptive family. It was only when she was 7 that she was able to find a stable home, when a family with a deaf daughter fostered her. Mary stayed with them until she was 17.
Now married to Tim, with two grown up children of her own, Mary was desperate to find her birth mother. She said: “I knew that my mother was young, unmarried and originally from Ireland. “I was given a some information when I began my search many, many years ago which gave me some details, including her name, age, where she was from in Ireland (Co. Sligo) and what she did when she came to England. “It also told me that she fell pregnant three years after she came to England and then after giving birth to me she went to a mother and baby home in St. Pelagia’s in High gate, North London, but the document did not tell me anything about my mother and what happened to her after she gave me up.
Source:The Sun

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