A man who was kidnapped as a five-year-old boy has finally been reunited with his family after nearly 40 years.
Sun Gongguang returned to his hometown of Zhong county in south-western China’s Chongqing municipality after missing persons volunteers matched his DNA with that of his long-lost mother, Deng Xianyu.
The tearful reunion happened on 9th September in front of dozens of friends and family who travelled to his village for the special gathering after the 38-year wait.
Sun Gongguang (L) had an emotional reunion with his mother Deng Xianyu (C) and his sister (Picture: CEN)Sun, born Hu Shengming, was snatched from the Xuchang Railway Station in Central China’s Henan province while travelling with his father in 1980.
It was to be the last time he ever saw his dad, who did all the searching he could with the limited technologies available at the time.
Just five years old at the time, Sun was offered up as an orphan and sold to a couple in Henan’s Sui county, where he was given a new name and where he has remained his whole life.
Now 43, the lost son’s journey to find his biological family began in 2016 when he gave his blood to Sui county police for their national DNA database.
Sun Gongguang (C) with his mother Deng Xianyu (R) and other relatives almost 40 years after he was kidnapped and sold (Picture: CEN)In March this year, a DNA resemblance was found with a woman named Deng Xianyu in Chongqing’s Zhong county.
Authorities confirmed through further analysis that Deng was in fact Sun’s biological mother, and the results were announced on 17th July.
Last weekend, Sun returned to Zhong county with his wife and hugged his mother for the first time in nearly four decades.
Sadly he was unable to see his father again as he had passed away several years earlier.
Sun Gongguang’s mother Deng said his father had worn out several pairs of shoes walking the streets trying to find their missing son (Picture: CEN)Deng, who is turning 70 soon, called the return of her long-lost son the ‘best birthday present’.
She also told Sun that his father ‘wore down several pairs of shoes’ looking for him after his kidnapping 38 years ago.
Sun did not say whether he planned to move back to his hometown, or whether he had already introduced his foster family to his biological one.
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