Lost girl finds her family 13 years later

2018-07-06 16:40
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A Chinese girl who went missing when she was just five years old and ended up being adopted by an American couple, finally tracked down her biological parents – 13 years later.

Kylee Bowers, who was born Liang Jinglang, went to work with her father in the town of Dongfeng, in Zhongshan Prefecture in southern China's Guangdong province.

His employer told him his child couldn’t stay in the area provided for staff, so Liang Hua arranged for her to stay at his brother’s house.

Tragedy struck when Liang Jinglang got lost in May 2005 during a thunderstorm, after wandering out of the house unnoticed.

An elderly woman found her wandering the street alone and took her to the police station. However, the child couldn’t understand the officers' questions since she spoke a different dialect.

With no one claiming her, she was eventually sent to Zhongshan Children's Welfare Institute.

Seven years later in 2012, she was adopted by an American couple, who gave her a new name and a new home in Chicago.

In the meantime, her real father and mother desperately searched for her.

Liang Hua made sure to work in the area where the girl was lost for the first half of the year and spent the other six months working from a different location, hoping it would help find his daughter. 

He never gave up searching for her, not knowing that his daughter had also been looking for her family since 2014.

Kylee posted a search notice with her information on a Chinese website called Baby Back Home, a non-profit organisation that helps families track down lost children.

Back at home in Guangdong, Liang Hua read several news reports about the case –and thought the girl matched the description of his lost baby daughter.

He went on the Baby Back Home website and was surprised to find a picture of his missing daughter on the forum.

The two started chatting on WeChat with Liang Hua trying to get Kylee to remember parts of her childhood.

They connected online after her father saw the appeal, and there was a tearful reunion, first on the internet then in person.

After a DNA test confirmed the match, Liang Hua told her that her real name was Liang Jinglang.

He said he was proud that his daughter had become an academic success, and that it runs in the family as all three of her siblings were also doing well at school.

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