50 Years On Woman Tracks Down Man Who Found Her Abandoned
A British man who found a newborn baby girl left abandoned under a bush 50 years ago has been left shocked after she finally tracked him down and flew from Queensland to surprise him for an amazing reunion.
Martin Palmer, 65, was still a teenager when he found a baby girl in the foliage near his parents house in Highclere, Hampshire on August 27, 1967.
He had often wondered what had become of the newborn and was taken aback in an emotional reunion when Sunshine Coast woman Sandra Olah knocked on his door, fifty years later.
Mrs Olah, who is a grandmother, tracked down Mr Palmer after being sent a local newspaper report about how she was rescued after she was abandoned as a baby.
Mr Palmer told the Daily Mail he can still recall the day vividly.
'Even now I can remember that day very clearly. I was with a friend and we heard this noise, at first we thought it was a cat,'
'Then we looked and realised it was a baby, it was quite scary and a real shock.'
'I remember very carefully lifting this little thing out from under the brambles and thorns,'
He took the newborn - just hours old and with the umbilical cord still attached - to his mother, who fortuitously ran a nursing home nearby and was a trained nurse.
The baby was then taken to hospital.
'I'd always wondered what had happened and what became of her or where life had taken her. It's something that's crossed my mind.'
'My mother wanted to keep her at first but we had to take her to hospital. I've thought about her a lot over the years so this was just a wonderful surprise.'
Mr Palmer had an emotional reunion with Sandra when she surprised him after she knocked on his door and asked for a hug.
Mr Palmer said: 'It took me by complete surprise. It took a moment to sink in.'
He was happy to learn that Sandra, is now a mum to three children and grandmother to five, and has lived a happy and healthy life.
After being rescued by Mr Palmer, Mrs Olah was put into the care of the local authorities before being adopted by a woman who emigrated to Australia when she was a child.
Mrs Olah said:
'It has been a very positive experience. It is just nice to know where I was born and where my roots are.'
'Of course there were questions why but it was just down to the circumstances in those days.'
Mrs Olah discovered she had a half brother and sister and was given the name of her father who she hopes to trace before returning to Australia.