Moving, gripping story on adoption

People find out that they're adopted in many different ways. Some might find out when they're grown-up, or find out by accident. The discovery might result in shock, disbelief or even anger.

People find out that they're adopted in many different ways. Some might find out when they're grown-up, or find out by accident. The discovery might result in shock, disbelief or even anger.

However one finds out they're adopted, at some stage they might start to think about whether or not they want to contact their "birth" parents.

Antony Egnal grew up in Johannesburg, the adopted son of loving parents to whom he was a "gift".

Egnal always knew he was adopted and was comfortable with it. The urge, though, to track down his biological parents came when he saw the love his wife had for their son. This made him wish to thank his biological mother.

He decided to contact his biological mother Lynette. Egnal did not know what to expect he he made the first phone to her. She told Egnal that when she put him up for adoption, she had promised herself that if God gave her any more children, she would be the best mother to them.

Lynette knew that her pregnancy would be a scandal from which her conservative Jewish family would never recover.

She hid her condition until she was seven months pregnant. She was only 18 when she gave up her baby for adoption. Her family told no one about the baby, other than the people who adopted him.

For more than 41 years no one breathed a word about the adopted baby. This is a story about everyday people and their extraordinary experiences. It is a story about adoption and reunion - told by those who were there.

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