Lankan in UK finds biological mother through TV show | Daily News

 Lankan in UK finds biological mother through TV show

A woman who questioned why her Sri Lankan birth mother gave her up when she was just three months old was finally reunited with her on ITV’s Long Lost Family.

Yasika Fernando, 31, who lives in London with her husband Tillek and their two young daughters, only discovered she was adopted at 18 when her adoptive parents revealed she had been taken from a convent in Colombo. At the time, finding her biological mother in a different country seemed like an almost impossible task for Yasika, and she has always been close to her adoptive parents, Donald and Yasantha, who moved to the UK from Sri Lanka in the 1980s. But after giving birth to her own daughter, Ivani, two, Yasika became determined to find out what made her own mother give her away, explaining: ‘When Ivani was the same age... I couldn’t imagine the pain of letting go a child.’

With the help of the Long Lost Family team Yasika visits where she was born but is unable to find her mother and returns to the UK, yet just five days later the team find the relative.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Yasika is only able to reunite on a video call, although her mother does not want to appear on the ITV show. But after giving birth to her own daughter, Ivani, two, Yasika became determined to find out what made her own mother give her away, explaining: ‘When Ivani was the same age... I couldn’t imagine the pain of letting go a child.’

Recalling the moment she discovered she was adopted, Yasika says: ‘It was a shock. I was sad to know that I’m not theirs,’ and since that day the family have rarely spoken about it. At the start of the show, in a frank conversation, Yasika confesses to her adoptive parents that she has many questions about her birth mother, but her adoptive parents are as much in the dark as her. The only memory they can recall is that they heard a woman crying in one of the back rooms when they collected Yasika and believe this to be her mother. (Daily Mail)