Issy Carr laid eyes on her long-lost son for the first time in nearly 70 years on Zoom (Picture: SWNS)
A mum who was forced to give her newborn baby son up for adoption has managed to track him down to the other side of the world almost 70 years later.
Issy Carr was just 20 years old when she made the heartbreaking decision to part ways with the tot, who she named George, at her parents’ insistence back in 1955.
She often thought of her boy over the ensuing decades, but it was not until Christmas Day in 2018 when someone suggested ancestry tracking that her search for him began.
By a quirk of fate, her DNA sample matched with a woman in Perth, Australia, called Kym who was looking for her dad.
Tests revealed she was Issy’s granddaughter and that George had fathered her as a young man shortly after moving abroad, but the two had never met.
With the help of relatives, the two women launched a social media hunt for George using the scant information they had – his birth name, date of birth and a possible surname.
They eventually found an address and, in May, Kym knocked at his door and introduced herself as his daughter.
Days later, Issy, now 86, laid eyes on her son for the first time since he was a baby in an emotional Zoom call.
The trio have spent the past couple of months getting to know each other and plan to reunite in person once restrictions have been relaxed.
Issy, from Bentham in North Yorkshire, said she ‘never forgave her parents’ for putting her in the ‘very cruel’ position of having to give her son away.
Issy said: ‘I loved him straight away and called him George, but Nurse Eccles, a lovely nurse, said she had been told I was not to see or hold him.
‘He was rushed away and I never saw him again.
‘My mother told me I would soon forget about him but I never did and tried many times to find out where he had gone but failed.’
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She has since found out that her lad was brought up ‘right under her nose’ roughly 10 miles away in Kirkby Lonsdale and moved to Australia with his new family aged 15.
After the ordeal of giving him up, she worked long hours at her parents’ farm before meeting a man called John Makinson Carr, who she married in 1962.
They had no children of their own but enjoyed a happy marriage until his death in 1991.
Following the second tragic loss of her life, Issy’s thoughts once again turned to her long-lost son, as she wondered where he was and if he was well.
She said it felt like ‘there was a huge …read more
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