Steve Hydes, who was abandoned in an airport’s ladies’ toilet with just a few clothes, is making a heartfelt plea for his birth parents to come forward. He has been looking for them for 30 years and now is being helped by an organization to find his birth family.
Steve, who as a newborn without an identity he was nicknamed “Gary Gatwick” after the Gatwick airport’s teddy bear mascot says he doesn’t harbor any hard feelings against his birth family. He grew up in a nice family with three sisters.
Hydes has taken a DNA test and has a couple of DNA relative matches but they have responded to any correspondence.
Baby Left At Airport Looking For Family
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By Joanna Simpson, Sky News Reporter
Thirty years after being left as a baby at Gatwick Airport, Steve Hydes is appealing for his birth parents to come forward.
He was abandoned in the ladies’ toilets dressed in two babygrows and wrapped in a blanket.
The person who found him, who worked in duty free, said he was clean and appeared content and well looked after.
As a newborn without an identity he was nicknamed “Gary Gatwick” after the airport’s teddy bear mascot.
Despite mass media coverage his birth parents still have not been found.
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He said: “It’s the not knowing… why it happened and things like that I really want to know.
“To me it’s just a blank space that everyone else seems to have.
“There’s also things like your medical history that others take for granted and I don’t have that.
“You go to the doctors and they say ‘does this run in your family’ and I say ‘actually I don’t know’.
“I’d just like to know what happened, it will explain more about myself, complete me in a way.”
Mr Hydes is being helped in his search by the Missing Family organisation.
They believe two DNA matches for Steve have been found.
People who had their DNA tested for a family tree website could provide the link but have not logged in to see their messages.
Gail Hickman from Missing Family said: “Right now we have two close relatives for Steven that we cannot contact as they have not logged into their profile to collect their messages, which is not only frustrating, but greatly hinders the search.”
Mr Hydes says his birth parents should not be worried about coming forward as he harbours no ill feelings towards them.
He said: “If anyone was to come forward from my biological family, obviously they may have moved on now they might have children of their own and have a whole life and I don’t intend to destroy that, I don’t just want to turn up.
“I don’t want them to feel afraid to come forward, I’m not an angry person, I’m not in it for that.”
After spending time in foster care Steve was adopted, and says he had a fantastic childhood growing up with three sisters.
He is hoping this appeal might finally provide the closure and answers he has been searching 30 years for.