Two sisters who were abandoned as babies in a toilet cubicle have been reunited more than three decades later.
"I was found in the cubicle of the toilets in St. Thomas Hospital, I was adopted at two years old and [when] I turned 19 I started the search to look for my family," Natasha – one of the sisters who was abandoned – said during an appearance on ITV's This Morning.
As for how she was reunited with her sister, Natasha revealed she signed up to appear on the ITV series, Long Lost Family, with the hopes of finding her birth mother. But, to her surprise, her DNA results found another match – an older sister who had been left in another toilet cubicle just a year and a half earlier.
"A couple of years ago, I started the search with Long Lost Family and it’s just been a long journey to find anything. Last year, we met!", Natasha excitedly told This Morning's host, introducing her sister, Lee-Ann.
"In the staff toilets of that hospital, I was left to be found and was found by a paramedic," Lee-Ann explained of her own experience. "I was left [at] a couple of days old – so a few days younger than Natasha was. Then I was in foster care for a few months and then adopted by my parents."
During her search for relatives, Natasha revisited the cubicle where she was abandoned, describing the moment as "overwhelming".
"I didn’t know what to expect. I went in, and it just felt like everything happened, the emotion came out, the tears came out," she recalled. "I’ve got this image in my head of what it would’ve been like, playing it through my mind. Then standing in front of the cubicle and seeing it, it was just overwhelming."
Although they haven't been in contact with their mother, both Natasha and Lee-Ann say they have no ill will towards her, revealing that they understand the difficult position she must have been in to leave them behind. "I feel like if you had to leave a child after giving birth, it must’ve been difficult," Natasha said. "The fact that she made sure we were left in the right place, we were both left in blankets, you can tell she did the most she could."
Looking to the future, the siblings said they are excited to "find out a bit more about each other" and build their relationship. "It just helps that we can each go through life understanding and knowing that someone else had the same experience," said Natasha, with Lee-Ann adding: "Just knowing that there was someone else who would have had the same DNA, I can’t explain it. It’s really, really special and it means so, so much to me."
Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace is available to stream on ITV Hub now.
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