LONG Lost family viewers couldn’t stop crying during tonight’s episode of the hit ITV show.
It came after a woman was reunited with her daughter, 50 years after the child’s father left her in another country.
At just 18 months old Sanae was taken by her dad to Morocco against her mum Hazel’s will, and handed over to relatives there.
He told Hazel that he was just taking the child to see his family, but when he returned, he revealed he had left Sanae there.
Her mother never saw her again, and her daughter never knew what happened to her.
She was told by host Davina McCall that her mother had “no way” of getting her daughter back.
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In fact Sanae only found out that her parents were really her aunt and uncle when she was 30 years old.
Viewers also watched as host Nicky Campbell talked to mum Hazel about Sanae, who heartbreakingly revealed how she just wanted to “hug” her daughter again.
Luckily for the mum and daughter, the Long Lost Family team managed to reunite them tonight.
The pair had an emotional reunion where they hugged each tightly and cried in each other’s arms.
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This all proved too much for viewers, who couldn’t hold back their own tears.
One fan tweeted: “This was such a tragic story, but glad they found each other again in the end. Hopefully they have many happy years together #LongLostFamily.”
While another said: “#longlostfamily Wow Sanae and Hazel what lovely people i hope they spend a lot of time together 50 years without seeing one and other.”
It was all too much for this viewer: “#longlostfamily crying hard.”
This viewer tweeted: “I hope Sanae and her mother have many years together. Can’t stop crying #LongLostFamily.
Another fan commented: “I’m a mess. Separating mothers from their children is beyond cruel. So much lost time. But the bond lasts a lifetime whether they are together or not #longlostfamily.”
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Tonight’s show also featured a man who was given up for adoption as a baby – he was also reunited with his family.
- Long Lost Family continues next Monday night at 9pm on ITV.