Steven Hydes was only over a week old in April 1986, when he was found in the women’s restroom at Gatwick Airport by a duty-free sales assistant. Soon enough, Hydes was adopted.
A man was abandoned at an airport in London 33 years ago while he was just a toddler, and since then he'd been searching for his birth parents. According to People, Steven Hydes was only over a week old, back in April 1986, when he was found in the women’s restroom at Gatwick Airport by a duty-free sales assistant. He had two onesies on when he was found. Since he was found at the airport, he was nicknamed 'Gary Gatwick', after the airport's mascot bear. Soon enough, Hydes was adopted but he wanted to know who his biological parents were, and he started to search for them when he turned 18.
Hydes has a happy family, and he even has children of his own now, but he always wanted to know more about his origin. On May 11, after searching for his parents for nearly 15 years, Hydes revealed that he had found them, with the help of genetic genealogists CeCe Moore and Helen Riding. But, there was a bittersweet ending to it. Unfortunately, my birth mum has passed away, so I am unable to find out exactly what happened and why, he wrote in the Facebook post.
However, I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence, he added. It would have been such a joyous moment to know that you've got people to call your own, no matter how lucky you've been to be adopted into a loving family. He continued: As you can imagine this is quite a sensitive issue to all involved and very new to us all, but I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for their continued support over the years.
The work the Genealogists do is incredible and for years they have worked so hard and it is thanks to them they are solving cases like mine. More people are having their DNA tested every day and I hope this and my story can help raise awareness and prevent other babies from being abandoned, he added. There are people dedicated to helping people find their own family, and that is some selfless work.
Hydes has also spent years trying to appeal to the public for help. He's also appeared in two different documentaries and broadcasting his story in the mainstream media with the hopes of learning his real name, actual birthday and whether he had any siblings. "You've got no idea how it feels to know nothing about what nationality you are, or where you come from," he said in an interview with The Guardian, way back in 2011.
All he had to do to find his biological family was spit into a tube, as simple as that. “It’s quite simple. You just spit in a tube and mail it into the big consumer genomics companies, like AncestryDNA, or 23andMe,” genealogist Moore told the BBC, adding that the DNA was then compared to the 26 million participants who have done the same. “That is what allowed us to finally identify some cousins of his,” explained Moore. “Not close cousins, but more distant cousins, and then we used their family trees to reverse engineer his family tree.”
Moore also added it’ll be difficult for Hydes to get all the answers he sought considering his birth mother has passed, the discovery does put some questions to rest. “He’s such a wonderful person that I think it’s really a huge benefit to his new biological family that they found him,” she said. People commenting on his post seemed so happy for him. Sarah Clark wrote: Oh this is just the best news, I'm so happy for you. Sorry to hear about your birth mother but wishing you all the happiness with your new found family. God Bless.
Tressia Randtoul added: So happy for you. You have been searching for so long. Good luck for the future with your new family. Wanda Moore White chimed in: Fantastic News!! I'm so happy for you and your family. You need a movie deal because your story is amazing. Sue Knight gushed: Omg fantastic news for you, I’m so happy for you and your family. Wishing you so much happiness with your new found family.