A Daughter’s Journey | Family reunion for woman abandoned at birth | Sunday Night

A Daughter’s Journey | Family reunion for woman abandoned at birth | Sunday Night

(unsettling string music) – [Matt] It’s early morning, August 1983. (baby crying) And lives are about to change forever. – I was dumped outside of the hospital. I was just literally wrapped
in a towel with my cord cut. (baby crying) A man on a bicycle heard my
cries early in the morning. (police siren blaring) He sent a letter to the police. (baby crying) (intense instrumental music) – [Matt] That tiny, abandoned baby would one day become an
Australian, a true-blue Aussie. (urgent percussive music) But who left her in a lonely
stretch of African wasteland and why has remained a
mystery for 36 years. – Someone in that hospital
has done something, has taken me out, and then
for some reason has dumped me. – We’ve had the indication that there actually might’ve been a baby-selling racket going on. (intense percussive music) – What Abigail Prangs will uncover deep in Zimbabwe’s national
archives will lead her to a family she never knew, (crowd cheering) expose a decades old secret. I’ve got something to tell you. – Yeah? – And make us some powerful enemies. He kept looking at me, saying
he’s gonna slit my throat. (people chattering) Abigail’s journey has taken her from the heart of Africa
to a new home in Australia, but that is nothing, sorry, compared to the journey
she’s embarked on now. Abii has returned here to
Zimbabwe to find answers. It is a quest that’ll take
her from the heights of joy to the depths of despair
and then back again. This is a story of twists and turns, and above all else, one
woman’s search for the truth. (unsettling instrumental music) (bright guitar music) Thirty-six years have passed since that little girl was found
dumped by an African roadside. – Do you want jam or– Yeah, jam.
– Peanut butter. What do you want?
– Jam. – Jam. – [Matt] Abigail Prangs is now a happily married mother of four living on the sunshine coast. – What hairstyle would you like, a high ponytail or a low one? – A low one. – [Matt] She was brought out to Australia by her adoptive parents
when she was seven. Queensland has been her home ever since. – Get your lunch and your shoes on and then you go over there. – I’m interested in how
the accents developed. (Abigail chuckling) – Yeah, I don’t know, it just happened. Sometimes, when I hear myself,
I’m like, oh wow. (chuckling) – Obviously, you’ve got
the African heritage, but, gee, you sound like
you’re a Queenslander. – Yeah, yeah, it baffles people. I’ve had a lot of people
kind of stop and look twice. They’re like, what,
where do you come from? (people chattering) – Kathy and Mike Prangs
are the only parents Abii has ever known. They adopted her from a Harare hospital when she was just two months old. Let me take you back to that moment, Kath. I mean, you’re in the hospital and you first lay eyes
on little baby Abigail. – Yeah. – [Matt] What was that like? ♪ With my heart on a plate ♪ – I just looked at her and I thought, I could really love that little girl, and, of course, that was it. Falling in love is one of
those things. (chuckling) ♪ I was gonna love you like no other ♪ – There’s no words that would say the love that we’ve got for Abigail. – You don’t need to say it,
I can see it in your eyes. – I sort of said in a few prayers that she’s been dumped once and left us, and I said I would never leave her no matter what she does. Maybe, we loved her overly because we were trying to make up for what she had lost in her real family. (tender piano music) – [Matt] In 1980 Zimbabwe,
it was incredibly rare for a white couple to adopt a black child. (child laughing) It wasn’t easy for this
newly minted family to escape the stares and whispers, and it was bound to have an
effect on little Abigail. – One day she came with all this flour all over her face, and she made a big mess in the bathroom. I said, “What are you doing?” She says, mommy, I
wanna be white like you. Oh, that broke my heart. I said, “Love, I said we chose you, “because you’re who you are.” (upbeat band music) – [Mike] She’s Bill on TV. And so this is TV. – [Matt] How do you think about your adoptive parents now? What’s your relationship like with them? Pretty special people. – Yeah, they are, without getting teary. Yeah, they’re amazing, I’m very blessed to be able to call them mom and dad. They’re… (tender instrumental music) Sorry. (sobbing) Yeah, they’re amazing. They have done so much for me. Obviously, adopting me
and giving me the life that I’ve been given. I’m still, probably, a mommy’s girl. (chuckling) So, yeah, I’m very, very
grateful and very, very lucky. – Come on, let’s go, you
want dad to carry you? It’s wet, the ground’s wet. – [Matt] Zimbabwe is a long time ago now. – See ya. – [Matt] Abii and husband
Ty lead busy lives with demanding careers and four very energetic children. – Say, bye mom, love you. – [Child] Bye, mom, love you, too. – She’s running her own business. She’s doing all this sort of stuff, and having the kids. You can imagine we got
our hands full, so– – She said she’s got
five kids, including you. – Exactly, exactly. Is that true?
– I’m the youngest. (Matt laughing) Take your bag off. Quick. Abii is a piece of iron. She’s the strongest member of
our family and she has to be. She always has been, so
she holds us all together. – All right, hold on tight. – Abii knows that she’s been
incredibly lucky in life. But that hasn’t stopped her from wondering about her African roots. (resolute instrumental music) In time her curiosity
becomes an obsession. I’m going to crown you
a citizen detective, because you embarked on a search that I think would be beyond most people. I really do. – It was mentally draining,
emotionally draining, and just time consuming. Obviously, I’ve got a family at home and it was staying up till two, three o’clock in the morning every night. – [Matt] Abii’s first clue comes from a faded Zimbabwean
newspaper clipping. – This was obviously in the front page of The Herald Newspaper. Everyone would’ve seen it. So, I went on Facebook. There’s a few adoption sites. I said, “Look, does anyone
remember this article?” (unsettling instrumental music) – [Matt] She tracks down Paul Mapanzure, the policeman who found her wrapped in a Harare hospital blanket, and returned her to the hospital. (car engine roaring) – [Hospital Worker] Sh! – Okay, when we returned Abii, we inquired if their were any women who had given birth ended absconded from hospital. There was none. There was none?
– There was none. – That means Abii must now identify which mothers gave birth in the hospital on the day she was born. And an anonymous hospital worker obliges. (loud drumbeat thudding) Venturing deep into the
bowels of the old building and secretly searching
through decades old files. (woman chattering) She finds the birth register listing and social media does the rest. And all of the sudden you’ve got that critical piece of paper. – Yeah, we delegated
everyone a certain amount of mothers to check and to cross-check. Yeah, that was exciting. – [Man] This way. (man speaking in foreign language) (bus horn blaring) – [Matt] An army of volunteers
fans out across Zimbabwe tracking down all the
mothers on that registry. Among the eager foot
soldiers are Steve and Geo. Abii calls them the Texas Rangers. It would be six hours on a bus like this, right?
– Yeah. – But you didn’t even know
who you’re doing this for. You’ve never met Abii. – Yeah, the thing is it was like we wanted to
make a happy ending for her. And it was like, she’s family already. She’s family?
– Yes. We came here twice, this is the third one. – Using the newly found birth records, Steve and Geo travel
by bus to distant towns to interview potential matches. Hello, mate, Matt. Every day, you were working on this? – Yeah, on a daily basis. – Day and night sometimes. – People will be watching this, thinking, you weren’t getting paid for this? – No. – You’re just doing this for a stranger on the other side of the world out of the goodness of your heart. – Yeah, yeah, there was no pay. (tense instrumental music) – [Matt] Finally, the Texas
Rangers come across a woman with a strange tale to tell of a mysterious midwife and a twin that vanished soon after birth. Abii suspects that she
is that missing child. The pieces are falling into place. – I feel like it was meant to be. Things happen in such a way that lead you back to the right place. (resolute instrumental music) – [Matt] Abigail Prangs has
become a midnight detective, searching for the family she
knows she must have in Africa. – Honestly, it did consume me. I would be texting or researching or trying to find some sort of
information that I missed, ’cause I always thought there was something missing with my story. Something didn’t make sense. (unsettling instrumental music) (people speaking in foreign language) – [Matt] Volunteers in Africa have tracked down Edna Kamonere and her husband Stanford. The couple has 12 children, one of them born in August 1983
around the same day as Abii. The hospital register says
Edna delivered a baby girl. But Edna believes she gave birth to twins, one of whom was stillborn. – That was it? – That was it. (unsettling piano music) – [Matt] The timing and
details of Edna’s story match what Abii knows about
her own start to life. (thunder rumbling) To confirm the link, Abii engages
a local Zimbabwean company to take DNA samples from one
of Edna’s daughters, Lorraine. – The results came back positive. And there’s no doubt Abii is my sister, just like that. – All of the sudden you’ve got a sister on the other side of the world? – You have a sister in Australia. Abii is your real sister,
your blood sister. I was like, wow! – And the news gets better. With Lorraine confirmed as Abii’s sister, it’s almost certain Edna
is her natural mother. It seems Edna’s second baby
wasn’t stillborn after all. The twin was snatched
away by nursing staff. Edna can’t believe her
long-lost child is still alive. (exhaling with strong emotion) (men laughing) – [Matt] Then Abii is told
the life-changing news. She has a twin sister, Michelle. – And they were like, are you ready? Are you sitting down? And they were like, well, Edna is your mom. And then I was kind of I think I broke down,
and then I was in shock. And then it was just kind of like, okay, so Edna is my mom, but then that means that there’s 12 of them in the family, so there’s 12 siblings. Mom and dad are alive. 12 siblings and then, obviously, one of those siblings is my twin Michelle. – [Matt] And what did that feel like? I can’t imagine. – Relief, I guess, to know
that I wasn’t dumped after all. (dissonant instrumental music) You need to make sure
you’ve got long pants, you got shorts, ’cause I don’t know if it’s gonna be hot or cold. – [Matt] Edna has been gravely ill, and Abii is worried that
time is running out. – Done! Well done, high five. – [Matt] She can’t wait any
longer to meet her family. – I thought, if I don’t do
it now, it’ll be too late. I thought, no, I need to do it now. – [Matt] So, Abii is returning
to the country of her birth. And she’s taking the
whole family with her: Ty, the kids, even adoptive
mom and dad, Mike and Kathy. And we’re tagging along
for whatever might unfold. – [Abigail] Are we excited? Yes.
– Who’s excited? Amari, are you excited? – You’re going to Harare, Zimbabwe, to walk into the arms
of your birth family. I mean, just wow! – Yeah, that’s gonna be I’m gonna have to take a load of tissues. (Matt and Abigail chuckling) It’s gonna be something else. (heavy drumbeat thudding) ♪ Africa ♪ ♪ Africa ♪ (vocalists singing in foreign language) – [Matt] Abii is back on African soil for the first time in
almost three decades. It is a headlong rush into the unknown. I want to know where
everyone thinks we’re going. What’s this big adventure we’re going on? – Africa! – Africa, good answer. – We’re going to we’re going to meet our
new grandad and grandma. – You are going to meet your
new grandad and grandma! Is that exciting? Here we are hurtling through the backstreets of rural Zimbabwe. What is going through your mind? Ty, how are you feeling? – I’m nervous. I’m really nervous, I’m nervous for Abii to finally find out where you came from and to meet your family after 36 years. She’s playing it very cool as she always
does, but it’s life-changing. – [Matt] Have you pictured
sort of the final moments, the walk, as you kind of
step down the dusty road and meet mom and dad. What do you say? – Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t think we’re gonna have
any words for a long time. I think we’re just gonna cry and hug each other and yeah. – How important is this day
in your lives as a family? – I think it’s gonna be one
of the most important days of my life, because I
now know where I’m from. I know I’m complete now. I wasn’t before. I had this hole of not
knowing who I was from, not knowing where I was from. Yeah. (children cheering loudly) – Word has spread
through the neighbourhood that the Kamonere’s lost daughter– (children cheering) Is coming home. You ready? – Yeah, ready as I’ll ever be. – Welcome home. – Hi! (crowd cheering joyfully) (intense instrumental music) (crowd shouting ecstatically) (Abigail and Edna sobbing) (Stanford speaking in foreign language) (crowd cheering) – Abii! (family sobbing) Abii! – Wow. I have no words. (Abigail and Edna sobbing) It’s all right, I’m here now. (Edna sobbing) I will never ever forget
this moment, ever. – I’m right here, hello girls! (laughing joyfully) Hi girls! And boys! (chuckling) – [Ty] Hi. (chuckling) – Hi, Ty. – How are you, mate? – I’m good, how are you? – [Ty] I’m good. – It felt very surreal. It was an out-of-body experience. I was watching from a different angle. I think it was just crazy, the love and laughter and
happiness that they showed. (crowd cheering) Obviously, I don’t know
the language or anything, but I feel at home. (crowd singing in foreign language) – This is what it’s all about, family. But it’s actually about something
more than that, I think. And that is that part of the human spirit that just says, no, I refuse to give up. It has taken her 36 years,
but Abii is finally home. (crowd singing in foreign language) (crowd cheering) (upbeat music) (children yelling happily) – Whoa! – [Abigail and Stanford] Cheers. – Cheers to you. I like it! (Abigail laughing) – [Matt] Abigail Prangs has travelled halfway across the world to
meet the family she never knew. (Abigail laughing) How do you catch up on 36 missed years? – I think we will quite easily. Yeah?
– Yeah. We all get along really well, yeah. I think it’s gonna be a lot of late nights with the sisters catching up, and talking about everything, and. (children chattering happily) (African vocal music) – [Matt] Already, her
kids are happily playing with the locals as if
they’ve been here forever. – Everyone is just fitting
where they should’ve been. The cousins are of similar age as well, so Jerry is off talking to his cousins. – Her friend’s gonna love you, too. (Jerry laughing) – I saw Amari walking around hand-in-hand with her new cousin. If that doesn’t melt your heart, nothing on earth ever will. – That was amazing, they
probably won’t say anything to each other, but they’re holding hands, walking around like they’re best friends. It’s really, really good to see. – I am just absolutely speechless. Overcome and overwhelmed with emotion. It’s beyond my tiny mind’s understanding or belief how all this could happen, but just from the other side of the world to be shown that amount of love and your family to be
shown that amount of love. And they were high-fiving
us and running beside us, chanting Abii’s name. (children yelling happily) The level of connection she
has with this country now, it’s amazing. (people chattering) Hi, Bubba.
– Hi, daddy. – You just crashed the party. (Matt laughing) Yeah. Hey, buddy. – Oh, you got a boyfriend. – No. (Matt and Ty laughing) – No, I don’t. (people chattering) – Hello, hello! – Welcome, Kathy! – [Matt] Two families becoming one. – Even though I’ve had an
amazing life in Australia with my parents, there’s a lot that I’ve missed. And I can’t wait to learn the culture and
to learn the language, and to just be a family with them. – A long time. A long time. – Thank you, Kathy. Thank you. – You don’t have to thank us. We had the pleasure of bringing her up. (chuckling) (dissonant instrumental music) – Ground zero. Can you believe it? – No. – But Abii still has plenty
of questions about her birth. She returns to the hospital she left under such mysterious
circumstances 36 years ago. Professor, how many babies a day would the team deliver
here in this hospital? – Now, they’ll deliver between
50 and 60 babies a day. – [Matt Voiceover] Professor
Stephen Munjanja has agreed to help her find some answers. – What’s your belief, professor? Which of the two? (baby crying) – [Matt] It’s a surreal moment for Abii returning to this hospital, the abandoned baby, now, a grown woman. – Yes.
(baby crying) – [Matt] Then a remarkable coincidence. Abii sights a newborn. He’s just been brought into the hospital, deserted by his mother and,
now, alone in the world. – [Abigail] And the baby? – Yeah, they need do to it. It’s called the ATC, we just put. – [Abigail] Can I ever hold? Yes.
– Could I hold the baby? – [Hospital Worker] Yes. Your mom’s over there. It’s Tuesday. – Abii? – Mm-hmm. – I’m struggling to compute all of this. Are you all right?
– No. (Abigail sobbing) – Isn’t he beautiful? Have they given him a name? – No, he doesn’t have a name yet. He has no idea who his
mom is, who his dad is. Exactly the same circumstances as me. I was found. I was lucky enough to be found and– – [Matt] How old is he? – He’s two weeks. Two weeks.
– Yeah. – If that were 36 years ago. – That was me. That was you.
– Yeah. – In this room, actually. – Yeah. – [Matt] I wonder how his life plays out. – I hope it plays out really well. – [Matt] Abii believes
she finally understands how her life played out. But this journey is about
to take another strange and heartbreaking turn. – Watch your step. – [Matt] Edna and Abii have agreed to a followup round of DNA testing. – Can you open your mouth? – Those results have just come back. Abii. How are you? Can I borrow you for a couple of minutes? Are you able to pop up to the room? (sighing heavily) I’ve got some extraordinarily difficult
news to break to Abii once she walks through
that door in a minute. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it. I don’t know how she’s gonna react to it that we have the results
of the latest DNA test, and to be honest my mind is blown. So, I can’t even guess at
how Abii is gonna react. But we’ll find out shortly. The news I am about to share
with Abii will shake her world. Edna is not Abii’s mother. (drumbeat thudding deeply) I’ve got something difficult to tell you. – Yeah? – And I don’t know how but there’s no real easy way
to tell you this, I guess, but we got the results of the latest DNA test. – Yeah, don’t tell me they’re not. – So, the latest result it says this. The alleged mother is excluded as the biological mother
of the tested child. (tender piano music) The probability of
maternity is zero percent. – [Abigail] Zero! I don’t–
– So, how is Lorraine how is Lorraine my sister? – I don’t know, Abs, I’m so sorry. (Abigail sobbing) – Lorraine is Edna’s daughter,
so how does that work? (Abigail sobbing) How does it all work? (children yelling) (unsettling piano music) – [Matt] Abii Prangs has just discovered that the DNA results that sent her racing halfway
across the world are incorrect. They identified Edna Kamonere
as Abii’s biological mother, but followup tests show that isn’t true. – (sobbing) How am I
supposed to tell these guys? – I don’t know, Abii, I’m so sorry. We decide to confront the man who promised Abii so much and was so careless with the truth: the head of Zimbabwe-based Global DNA, Tinashe Mugabe. (tense instrumental music) – Hello, Tinashe. Hi.
– I’m Matt Doran from the Sunday Night
Programme in Australia. How are you?
– I’m well, thank you. – There’s some serious question marks about the DNA tests
you’ve been carrying out. Why did you mess it up? I didn’t mess up anything.
– You did mess up. Mr. Mugabe seems to have forgotten his explicit confirmation
to a trusting Abigail that his tests proved that Edna was indeed her biological mother. Do you understand you’re playing with a young woman’s life. – [Tinashe] There is no breach whatsoever. – This is a young woman’s life you are messing with here, sir. – No, no, no, no, we helped her. You’re messing up.
– How can I be messing when I’m helping her? She hasn’t given me anything. Nothing yet from her! – She gave you her trust! – Yes! (urgent piano music) – [Matt] And that would have been that. – Thank you. – The last we saw of Mr. Mugabe he was driving off into the distance. But, then, later that night, he suddenly appeared at our hotel with four policemen in attire. – So, I’m gonna run away, what the heck? – [Matt] It seems Mr.
Mugabe didn’t like us questioning the integrity of his business. And he has some very powerful friends. – [Matt’s Entourage] Do you
want me to call someone? – [Matt] The cops say they’re
taking us in for questioning. – Don’t film. – They won’t tell us why. (car engine roaring) As we’re driven away, we suddenly realise it’s actually Tinashe
Mugabe behind the wheel. We’re able to film some of what happens using a hidden phone. (dramatic instrumental music) I’m currently sitting at
Harare Central Police Station. We don’t think we’ve been arrested, but we’ve just been heavied into here. And a guy grabbed me by the throat, and told me that we needed
to come in for questioning, so here we are. They’ve just taken our I.D. The extraordinary thing about this is that we were driven here by Tinashe, the guy from Global DNA who conducted the tests! We have no idea what is going on. But this is extraordinary. (suspenseful instrumental music) All through the night, Mugabe struts around the police station as if he owns the place. Finally, we are told
why we’ve been detained. (urgent instrumental music) We show the police the footage of our encounter with Mr. Mugabe, proof that he has
fabricated the entire story. (drumbeats thudding loudly) The truth doesn’t concern Mr. Mugabe. He’s already outside on
social media repeating his lie to a gullible audience. We’ve just been released after a pretty memorable
10 hours inside this joint, Harare Central Police Station, where we were bundled
into the holding area with some of Zimbabwe’s worst. Try and get your head around this. We were just charged with kidnapping, attempting to kidnap Tinashe Mugabe, which is obviously beyond
any realm of comprehension. What’s even more beyond
the realms of comprehension is that he’s also just
walked out down those stairs straight off into the distance like nothing ever happened. (urgent instrumental music) Abii’s life is in turmoil. In the midst of all the confusion, we commissioned our own DNA tests. (drumbeat thudding) They confirm Edna and Stanford are not Abii’s biological parents. But, importantly, they do show
that their daughter Lorraine is related to Abii. She’s a cousin. The most likely explanation, one of Edna’s four sisters
is actually Abii’s mother. What’s going through your mind? – I’m just… Yeah, I’m devastated and confused and worried, and. I had always wanted that family and I thought that I had found them. Yeah. (tender piano music) – [Matt] Now, Abii must make the toughest journey of her life. She decides to break the
terrible news to Stanford first. – That’s the independent test. Look what it says. – Yes. – That mom isn’t my mom. Maternity zero. Zero, zero, yeah. So, can you imagine how
I didn’t believe it. I didn’t wanna believe it. This shows that Lorraine
and I are related. So, how does that work, that mom isn’t my mom and Lorraine is family? Two tests have come back saying that mom isn’t my mom. – Mom is your mom. – [Ty] No one is gonna get any issue. There’s not gonna be any issues with this. – This is why we’re talking to you. Why, because–
– We need to know the truth. – I’ve come all this way,
do you know what I mean? – [Stanford] Yeah. – To meet my family. – [Stanford] And we’re
family, there’s nothing to mention of this. – And then this test comes back and I just didn’t wanna believe it. Look, I can’t go home and not know who my family is or what’s happened. (suspenseful instrumental music) – [Matt] Abigail Prangs
journeyed to Africa to meet her birth family, but the joy of that
reunion has been shattered. (crowd cheering) Abii has discovered that
Edna and Stanford Kamonere are not her biological parents after all. (family sobbing) – [Stanford] Abii! – I can’t imagine how much
it hurts to be this close. – Yeah, it does. I’ve blocked it for the
last couple of days, so. – Come here, darling. – I need to find out. (dissonant instrumental music) – [Matt] Abii also now
knows that she is related to Edna’s daughter, Lorraine. They are cousins. And she suspects her real
mother is one of Edna’s sisters. – Can we go for a walk, you and me? – [Elizabeth] Yeah, no problem. – [Matt] Abii believes
her mother is Elizabeth, who would’ve been just 14
years old when Abii was born. – But you and I look too similar. – Yes, because my sister. It’s very hard to– – Why, hold my hands. Hold my hand.
– It’s very hard to me. Hold my hands and tell me why.
– Because I because… (gasping) Hold my hands and tell.
– No. Listen I want–
– No. – Look at me in the eye. Look at me, look at me in the eye. I want to tell you something. – No, I haven’t done anything. – No, I know, so then– – I haven’t! – I understand that when
there’s certain things that happen in families, they have to keep them quiet. I know.
– I understand. – [Matt] Suddenly, a youth pulls up, and Elizabeth is unceremoniously ushered into the back of the vehicle. – Where is she going? She knows. – [Matt] What just happened? (child chattering) What just happened? (unsettling instrumental music) – She knows. – [Matt] Is she mom? – She knows something. Why would she just quit
a mean conversation and go off in the van? – [Matt] Do you think she’s your mom? You do? – She knows something. – [Matt] What did she say? – That was one of the
most intense discussions I’ve ever had in my life. I basically said to her, I believe that you’re my mother. And, I don’t know, just how she was, I felt a connection with this woman. – There’s an image in my mind of her in the back of that truck
waving at you as she left. – Yeah. That was a look of someone that knows something and couldn’t say it. – Abii is convinced she
stumbled unto a deep secret. And a final round of DNA
tests indicates she’s right. It’s almost certain one of
Edna’s sisters is her mother. Whether it’s Elizabeth or
not, Abii may never know. Elizabeth is refusing
to give a DNA sample, but, however, she is related
to this big and loving clan. There’s no doubt they are her family. You look beautiful. Yes. You, too.
– I look beautiful, too. – It’s literally been
like a roller coaster. How are you? But I love them. You’re good, that’s good. I’m good. I’ve had such a connection
with them, that they are family, you know what I mean? That will never change. That relationship won’t change. – Does it still feel like Abii
is part of the family, too? – Yeah, 100%, I tell you. She’s still part of the family. – I still have that strong
feeling in me that– – That she’s part of us. – That she’s part of us. They might say whatever they want to say. – I feel she is my sister, and no one is going to
take that away from me. – [Matt] Are you all right? – Yeah. (Matt chuckling) It’s just been so emotional, for everyone. But not once have these guys ever said that I wasn’t family. (tender piano music) – I love you. (Ty laughing) – How much do you love her? – With everything I’ve got. But, like I said, I think I’ve got to share her with a few more people now. (Matt laughing) Just seeing her here and
how comfortable she is, and how comfortable our family is, and how welcome we’ve been made. For my children, my girls, to have the ability to
know where mom is from, and if her heart is from Zimbabwe or is in Zimbabwe, then my children still have
the same blood coursing through their veins. So, I guess Zimbabwe
is a part of them, too. (children chattering happily) – This has been such a wild expedition. Your search is over. – Yeah, definitely. I don’t need to do anything else anymore. It is 100% over. Thank you for everything. – [Matt] It’s been an
emotionally wrenching journey. Far more than Abii could
ever have predicted. But she does now have
a new African family. – I love you, Abii. (Stanford and Abigail
speaking in foreign language) – The baby opened his eyes again. – You can see him. There, look. – [Matt] And it may grow bigger yet, as the story of one abandoned
baby comes full circle. – I open my arms. Hello. – Attention, you need to you need to in the safest– – Oh my gosh. – [Child] Mom said I can hold him. – [Matt] Abii hasn’t stopped thinking about that abandoned baby boy she met at the hospital when she first arrived in Zimbabwe. – Hey, buddy. Hey, what’s that smile, huh? (family chattering) You got all this attention all for you. – How long does the passport take? He’s the cutest little boy. He’s two weeks old. And his mom left him. As soon as I saw him I was just I just sobbed. – [Matt] What’s going on there? – Well, Abii, being adopted herself, it’s always been on the cards for us to look at adopting. It just so happens when visiting
the hospital the other day there was a baby that she connected with that had been abandoned. So, we’ve had to go back and visit this little fellow, and, yeah, he’s gorgeous. – [Matt] You know how astounding
all of this is, right? – [Couple] Yeah. – I think it’s meant to
be, so we’ve been talking to the social services here, and, yeah, just trying
to see what we can do. And when we visit him now, he kind of– – He knows Abii. – Yeah, he opens his eyes, and then he kind of
settles back down on me. I think it’s love. Hi! – [Child] Can we see
the other little baby?


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    unexpected vixen

    That reporter is AMAZING! What a great man to stand up for that poor woman! To see how angry he became you can tell he became invested in this young ladies life.

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    Nikoi Kotey

    Please, @Sunday Night, I hope you're done editing the continuation of this footage, for our viewing? We need to know how the efforts panned out, full circle. Tinashe messed stuff up though ! But I hope revelations concerning who Abby's mum is, has not put an embargo on the second video we are waiting for?

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    Big Kunta

    So beautiful, I hope 🤞🏾 they accept their white son in law 😂❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️to lay on her mother shoulder 💟🤞🏾beautiful,beautiful, beautiful 🦋

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    Gbemi Ashaye

    This was the most powerful documentary, tears of joy. From beginning to the end. The young man inter viewing was brilliant that support was amazing, her husband, now that is a husband beautiful children.She is blessed. Her adoptive parents is brilliant also. I can only say thank God for everyone the way she was supported.

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    Ashley Park

    I'm sorry but I was dying when her was walking through the street market and the people in the background….I cant 😂

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    Gloria Bitutu

    The reporter did an awesome job he was empathetic and blended in well and am also glad they adopted the little baby. Got me crying.

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    To find out later that who they thought was her mother wasn’t his mother, the guy who call the police its one of the biggest scammers out there.

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    I loved this story and send my greetings to this lady and her beautiful family. I have 2 wonders, and I guess I am not the only one. 1) why one "sister" was tested, and not the supposed biological parents
    2) why the program went on without that double check

    I also would like to add: I might have also not grasped the all implications rightly, but why some people are jumping to the conclusion that the supposed biological father must have had been involved with his wife's young sister? If the young ladies are cousins, they might come out two sisters and that would be enough… It is fully possible that a family's secret is involved, and I do believe they all preferred to keep it out from the public, which would be fully understandable. I loved the outcome of he new baby adopted from the same hospital, it looks really like a circle was closed and wounds could be healed. Again, my best wishes to this family from my heart.

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    P. W.

    Truly a 'bitter sweet' story!! If ever there was a story that had DIVINE INTERVENTION molded throughout, this is it!! To TMH be ALL the glory!!!💕💯

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    mandy natsie

    Please we need a part 2 of this documentary… if she think aunty Elizabeth is her mum she should confirm it …… why did she refuse to go for a DNA test there is definitely something not right here …. I’m Zimbabwean n I know how the situation in Zimbabwe is like people might want to be related to you for the sake of getting opportunities especially if you stay abroad.. but abigirl go and confirm Elizabeth might be really your mum and you don’t know she might be going through a lot probably she was told not to say anything why was she taken in the middle of the conversation guys something is not right … ( it’s either she knows what actually happened, probably the father had something to do with Elizabeth because it explains why that girl is her sister yet the mother is nothing close to being related to her ) ….. the life we leave now adays is very interesting… but I’m happy you are my home girl 😊I just want you not to give up on looking for your actual parents, that was the reason you came all the anyway

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    Nubian Queen

    But she did not find her biological mother who is thought to be another sister who refused to give an interview and DNA. The woman whom she thought was her mother was an aunt. Family secrets destroys lives

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    Edema Muzamil

    I beg if anyone happens to come across a story when the lady finally meets the biological mother or parents, Please and please let me know such that I can mend my broken heart from this story. This useless and big for nothing liar called mugabe has spoiled my night on 20.10.2019.

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    Nubian Hausa

    Am Abbi's age and have never met my biological parents. It's alleged that I was picked from the street…I have a loving family though. My wish is to meet them someday

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    Serve Others

    I sense scam.. I’m so sorry! Those African family looks like a plant by someone who knew the story.. probably the corrupt politicians and the guys pretending to find her family while she’s still in Australia

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    Anthony Collier

    Hmmm! Mugabe is a [email protected]#$%** crook. I'm so upset with this outcome. He needs to be closed down but most likely he want. You can see that the police are currupt. He's paying them off. I feel so sorry for Abby. Kudos to the guy that confronted Mugabe. Does anyone know if theres an update and where I can find it?

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    Evelyn Hargrove

    Oh, take the baby boy home! My heart broke for Abbie. This has been the most emotional reunion story I've ever watched.

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    This is so sad and just think "WE" do this to one another and family do this to family this is probably a bad secret that finally came to life. P.S. KEEP PUSHING THE INFORMATION IS RIGHT THERE!!!

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    Kristina Sandnes

    Uhm of course she has an accent when she grew up in Australia. What do you expect? 😅 I have friends who were born in Asian countries, but they grew up in Norway, obviously they speak Norwegian perfecly… What a weird thing to say 🤨

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    Why they did not Show the real Harare ????? Big buildings and beautiful place .. they intentionally edited.. always malicious intentions.. terrible.

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    kathy roach

    Such a wonderful story. I just have one question…….can her husband be cloned? OMG! If all men are like him in Australia, I'm moving!

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    What a great reporter! American 'journalists' should take note. I kind of feel sad that she left without knowing who the real mother is.

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    Tired Siren

    The conversation between her and her "aunt" told me all I needed to know. That woman is her mother, I heard and felt her pain. Her stuttering and moan as she is confronted face to face with the trauma of being a teen parent in Africa, in the 80's, and having given her baby up. God fixes all in the end, bless up everyone.

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    Cece. Kirk

    Wow I’m on the edge of my seat 😱 I’ve been happy, Sad, mad, and scared for the camera crew! Damn he lied that much 🤦🏽‍♀️ I really like the host. Abby is definitely a beautiful beautiful soul ❤️ and her husband is truly amazing 😍😍😍

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    super space

    Abbey and Elizabeth looks like sisters OMG! Wow😱 I believe Abbey felt something deep in her spirit & soul when she held that woman's hand. All my love to you Abbey💗💞💖💕💋💗💞

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    incredible culture

    I'm 27 years, my mum left home when I was 3 months..No siblings no father, no nothing..she got married some where and I have never set my eyes on her..I pray to God to meet her one day.. God willing

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    Jessica Puerta

    Abii! Wow, just wow. I was on an emotional roller coaster with you. This is one of those journeys that impact so many and I thank you for allowing us to share in it. I’m in awe of your grace through out it all. This is fate…you had the right man by your side and the reporter was exceptional. You will do great things because you are blessed.

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    agnes kateregga

    Thanks very much Abi for sharing your story with us. At least you are cnnected to your new African Family. Later you will know the truth. Because your mother is in the same family. God Bless you dear.

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    DeeDee and Mimi

    What an awesome story … wouldn't it mean if the sister is actually a cousin they shared paternal DNA and not maternal DNA … well maybe my math is wrong but I'm glad she found her home at least

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    Beverley Cox

    Such Heart Warming story. Her Adopted Parents are such Wonderful and exceptional people, to overcome all the traumas during the adoption.. What God Bless No man curse!!!

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    Charlotte Smith

    My ancestry test said my great aunt was my first cousin. They predict relationships based off of the amount of relatedness.

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