- Karen Harris has been reunited with her father Trevor Linden after a 56-year separation
- Karen is grateful to Facebook for making it possible
- The 56-year-old was born to Trevor Linden in 1964 but was put up for adoption because she was born out of wedlock
A woman identified as Karen Harris has been reunited with her father after 56 years of being separated.
Karen was born out of wedlock in 1964, and her parents put her up for adoption because having a child out of wedlock in those days was not as socially acceptable as it is now.
The Mirror reports that a social worker told Harris that her father's name was Trevor Linden when she turned 18 years old.
In November 2019, Facebook brought Trevor Linden as a "suggested friend" to Karen, who clicked on the profile and realised that it was her dad
Karen and Trevor chatted and she liked one of her father's pictures. They eventually met on Friday, 17 January.
72-year-old Trevor said he knew he had a child, but he did not know the gender.
He said: "I was on Facebook and this message popped up from a lady saying she liked my photo.
“I saw the resemblance straight away with my three other daughters. I could see she was my daughter. It’s early but I feel we know each other quite well.”
Karen, who is now 56, said: “I’ve found a connection and completion, and I’m cherishing it. Those who are adopted understand the moment you first see someone other than yourself in a mirror with your cheekbones, eyes and chin.”
Meanwhile, a 34-year-old woman who lost her husband to her own mother has said she would never fully forgive her for taking him away and having a child for him.
Lauren Wall said she never thought her mom and her ex-husband would treat her in such a way, adding that they were the people she trusted most in her life.
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