An 81-year-old woman has said that she has found her 103-year old birth mother after spending 61 years searching for her.
The woman, Eileen Macken, grew up in an orphanage in Dublin, Ireland, and had spent more than six decades looking for her birth family, Mirror reports.
Macken began the search when she was just 19 years old.
The septuagenarian appeared on a radio show in 2018 as she made efforts to track down her family.
“I was very upset that I was still on this planet, not having even one relative,” Macken said during the radio show.
However, a few months after the show, Macken has managed to track her birth mother with some from help from a gynaecologist.
“I can’t believe it, when I got the word that she was alive, all I want to do is to meet her,” said Macken.
She added that she did not know anything about her mother’s background or medical history.
“The doctors couldn’t understand – ‘Why don’t you know this, why don’t you know that?’ I got a bit upset once and I said, ‘Because I’m an orphan. I know nothing, absolutely nothing,’” the 81-year-old said.
Macken said that she recently spoke to her aged mother over the phone and had made plans to meet her.
“My mum is 103 and she will soon be 104. I spoke to her on the phone but she couldn’t hear me. She’s a bit like myself, I’ve only one good ear. She kept saying, ‘I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you,’” said Macken.