Woman searching for ‘rejected’ brother finds he died from disease 30 years ago

A woman searching for the "rejected" brother she only recently discovered she had finds out that he tragically died 30 years ago.

In a particularly heartbreaking episode of Long Lost Family tonight, Christine reveals that she and her two sisters were placed into care together – but had never known that they had another brother growing up.

Christine, from Northamptonshire, has three children and five grandchildren and lives with her partner Steven.

But the 61-year-old discovered the truth about her brother Martin after 60 years when she visited her estranged dying dad, who she got back in contact with.

One day at the home, he confused her when he asked whether she ever sees her brother.

"I was looking around the room because obviously I don’t have a brother," she says.

Her dad died shortly afterwards, but it was only when her mum died a couple of years later that she brought the odd remark up to her sisters.

It was then that one of her other sisters revealed that she had seen a photo of her mum holding a baby, on the back of which was written "Martin".

Christina turned to her aunties, who told her the truth – that Martin had been born while her parents weren’t together and was put up for adoption when he was two years old.

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"One day he was there, happy little boy, and another day he was gone," her aunt Dodi says as they looks through torn photos.

But the Long Lost Family research team makes a tragic discovery – that Martin had died aged 36 of Motor Neuron Disease.

Searching through his family members, they find that he had two children: a son Paul and a daughter Cara.

While Paul didn’t want to appear on camera, Cara was keen to finally meet her dad’s sisters.

Cara, who was 14 when her dad died, tells host Nicky Campbell: "This is amazing because I’d gone down every route since about 2010 to try and actually find dad’s family… I felt that [his sisters] needed to know that he had died."

Speaking about her dad’s tragic death, she says: "I was about 12 when he got diagnosed with motor neuron disease. He got ill quicker than he’d expected and within a year he was a shadow of his former self. And that was it – he was gone.

"It’s really sad, the whole thing’s tragic, isn’t it?"

Cara says that he is "so glad" that Christine tried to find her dad. But she admits that, while her dad loved his adoptive parents, the fact that he was put into care impacted the rest of his life and made him feel like he had been rejected.

She says: "The fact that he was put into adoption, not from a tiny baby, did have an impact on the way he was. Because he felt like he had been rejected."

Cara adds: "My mum [asked him about it] and he just completely shut her down. He didn’t want to know his birth mother, but I really do think he would have wanted to know his sisters."

*Long Lost Family airs tonight at 9pm on ITV

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