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Woman, 32, abandoned in a box outside a hospital appears on Long Lost Family: Born Without A Trace

A woman who was abandoned in a cardboard box outside a hospital when she was just a few hours old has been left sobbing after discovering a sister she never knew she had on Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace. 

Helen Knox, now 32, was found in Chesterfield, on a cold, frosty morning in December 1988, before being adopted into a loving household – but she had longed to know more about her biological family. 

Through DNA testing, the Long Lost Family team discovered the mother-of-two’s maternal half-sister Jess, who astonishingly is also a foundling, having been left on a roadside as a baby 14 months before Helen’s birth.

The two were captured meeting for the first time in emotional scenes on this evening’s ITV programme. 

Researchers also discovered the pair’s mother, however, the team can’t publicly identify her and insisted it’s still too early to know whether she’ll want contact with her long-lost daughters. 

The team, through DNA testing, were able to find Helen’s (left) maternal half-sister Jess (pictured right), from Newmarket, who is also a foundling, having been abandoned as a baby

Prior to meeting her sister, a delighted Helen said: ‘It’s a big thing, meeting my half-sister. It’s a very big, life changing thing for us both.

‘It’s not just something that’s going to happen today. This is going to be us for the rest of our lives. It’s exciting.’ 

Jess appeared just as eager to establish a lasting relationship with her younger sibling, saying: ‘Being a foundling, you never think you’ll find anybody, so meeting her today will be something really special.

‘It can be quite lonely being a foundling, and she probably has very similar thoughts if not the same, which for me is incredible because I haven’t ever had anyone really who fully understands what I’m feeling.’

Helen and Jess, after taking Covid tests, safely met with one another at a hotel in Northamptonshire, with both becoming emotional as they shared their stories and swapped family photos. 

Helen was found abandoned in Chesterfield on a cold, frosty morning in December 1988. Pictured, Helen returning to the hospital where she was abandoned

Helen was found abandoned in Chesterfield on a cold, frosty morning in December 1988. Pictured, Helen returning to the hospital where she was abandoned 

Helen's adopted parents saw her story on the local news and rushed to give her a home, with Helen (pictured as a baby), who is now engaged with two children of her own, having a happy childhood

Helen’s adopted parents saw her story on the local news and rushed to give her a home, with Helen (pictured as a baby), who is now engaged with two children of her own, having a happy childhood

The only keepsakes from her start in life Helen has to hold onto are the name tag (pictured) she was given as a baby for 'Gill Scarsdale,' named after the hospital and the nurse who looked after her, and some photos of her taken with the maternity nurses

The only keepsakes from her start in life Helen has to hold onto are the name tag (pictured) she was given as a baby for ‘Gill Scarsdale,’ named after the hospital and the nurse who looked after her, and some photos of her taken with the maternity nurses

Long Lost Family researchers traced two of these nurses, Gill and Susan, and Helen was reunited with them for the first time in over 30 years. Pictured left to right, nurses Daphne, Sue and Gill who cared for baby Helen after she was found

Long Lost Family researchers traced two of these nurses, Gill and Susan, and Helen was reunited with them for the first time in over 30 years. Pictured left to right, nurses Daphne, Sue and Gill who cared for baby Helen after she was found

Helen (pictured left with Davina McCall) was desperate to know where she came from and why her birth parents abandoned her

Helen (pictured left with Davina McCall) was desperate to know where she came from and why her birth parents abandoned her

Helen Knox, now 32, was abandoned in a cardboard box outside a hospital when she was just a few hours old. Tonight she was reunited with her half-sister Jess. The two, after taking Covid tests, safely meet at a nearby venue, with both (pictured) becoming emotional as they shared their stories and swap family photos

Helen Knox, now 32, was abandoned in a cardboard box outside a hospital when she was just a few hours old. Tonight she was reunited with her half-sister Jess. The two, after taking Covid tests, safely meet at a nearby venue, with both (pictured) becoming emotional as they shared their stories and swap family photos

‘To finally have found someone that you look like, it’s just amazing,’ said Helen. ‘And it’s my big sister, and we’re both foundlings together, which makes it even better.’

An excited Jess added: ‘I’m over the moon. I can’t wait to meet her kids, her fiancé, and it’s just going to change both of our lives for the better.’

Earlier in the show, Helen, who is now engaged with two children of her own, explained how she has always struggled with not knowing anything about her start in life

She revealed: ‘I don’t know what the first few hours of my life were like, where I was and who I was with, who left me there.’

During her search for answers on the three-part ITV series, an emotional Helen returned to the hospital for the first time since she was discovered outside the building as a newborn.

Visiting the building where she was discovered, Helen commented: ‘It’s cold now, in November, so it must’ve been freezing. Even though the building’s changed, I can see what could’ve happened.

Foundling Helen (pictured second left) with her partner Haydn reunited with her half-sister Jess and Jess's fiancé Jamie (pictured far right)

Foundling Helen (pictured second left) with her partner Haydn reunited with her half-sister Jess and Jess’s fiancé Jamie (pictured far right)

Long Lost Family researchers traced two of the nurses, Gill and Susan, who looked after Helen and she was reunited with them for the first time in over 30 years

Long Lost Family researchers traced two of the nurses, Gill and Susan, who looked after Helen and she was reunited with them for the first time in over 30 years 

Becoming tearful, she added: ‘Knowing that somebody, maybe my birth parents, that somebody was here, and they left me here. Must have been a horrible reason for them to do it.’

The only keepsakes from her start in life Helen has to hold onto are the name tag she was given as a baby for ‘Gill Scarsdale,’ named after the hospital and the nurse who looked after her, and some photos of her taken with the maternity nurses.

Long Lost Family researchers traced two of these nurses, Gill and Susan, and Helen was reunited with them for the first time in over 30 years.

In an emotional meeting, the duo shared their memories of Helen’s first days while at the hospital.

Long Lost Family Born Without Trace is on again tomorrow night and Wednesday at 9pm on ITV


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