Pair reunited after 53 years

Local | Flora Chung 3 May 2016

A 68-year-old woman and her 86-year- old mother cried with joy as they were reunited after more than half a century with the help of the Hong Kong Red Cross.

Priscilla Wu Yeung Hing-chun, who was sent to a temple in Kowloon City when she was just four months old, started searching for her birth mother Tsang Ying in 2006 after her adoptive mother died.

Wu brought Tsang a bouquet of flowers to thank her ahead of Mother's Day for giving birth to her, as the two met up last Monday for the first time in 53 years.

"I have known since I was little that I was given up by my birth mother due to her financial difficulties but I stopped thinking about her at some point, as my adoptive mother treated me very well," Wu said.

Wu was aged 15 when she first met her birth mother but the visit did not turn out well.

"A woman came to me and told me that she was my birth mother," Wu said.

"I didn't know what to do. The only thought that came to me was that the strange woman and I looked really alike."

Wu told Tsang not to contact her again. "I didn't want to upset my adoptive mother," she said.

Wu, who moved to the United States in the 1970s, came back to Hong Kong and appealed for help tracing her birth mother. Almost 10 years of searching brought no positive news.

"After I became a mother myself, I realized that I would be heartbroken if my son asked me not to contact him again," Wu said.

The day after TVB's Friday Report broadcast Wu's story on January 21, Tsang's niece e-mailed the Red Cross, saying she believed the birth mother Wu had been looking for was her own aunt.

The Red Cross then arranged a DNA test for Wu and Tsang.

Wu said she shed happy tears when she saw her birth mother again but admitted she was a little mad at Tsang for having abandoned her.

"Don't cry and don't be upset," said Tsang, as she held her daughter's hand tightly.

Wu said she will return to Hong Kong every year with her husband and 30-year-old son to visit her mother.

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