A Chinese couple was recently reunited with their daughter more than two decades after they were forced to abandon her at a shelter just days after she was born.
Being their second child, the parents made the painful decision to leave their daughter behind instead of having her aborted due to China’s one-child policy, South China Morning Post reports.
Their recent reunion on Chinese Valentine’s Day was nothing short of miraculous as it was reportedly made possible by a note the parents left on their daughter instructing her to meet up at the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou on her 10th and 20th birthday.
In 1995, Xu Lida and his wife, Qian Fenxiang, sent their newborn girl Jingzhi to Suzhou community center with a note stating that they hope to meet their daughter at the Qixi Festival 10 years or 20 years later on the famous bridge.
Ten years later, in 2005, the Xu couple waited for their daughter at the bridge where members of the Zhejiang Television staff came across them and learned their story. The production crew would inform the parents that there was a woman holding a “promise letter” on the other side of the bridge.
According to the television staff, the woman was a friend of the American family who adopted their daughter. The Pohler family had named their daughter Catherine Su Pohler, or Kati.
The Pohler family reportedly asked their friend to help Kati track her biological parents. An attempt to re-schedule for a meeting in 2015 did not materialize as Jinzhi was not able to make it. Both parties agreed to meet two years later.
In 2017, The Xu couple finally met Kati on the Chinese Valentine’s Day in early August after two decades. A video clip captured the moment the reunited family walked together on the Broken Bridge.
Xu and his wife felt extreme happiness upon seeing their long-lost daughter, Jingzhi. While Jingzhi did not speak any Chinese, her parents attempted to communicate with her the best they can.
Asked if Jingzhi is ready to call her biological parents father and mother, she responded with:
“I don’t know. I will think about it.”
Xu explained that they were forced to abandoned Jingzhi due to the country’s one-child policy. He added that raising two children at the same time would have been difficult for them. After staying with her parents for a short two days, she returned to America, saying she intends to keep in touch with them and possibly meet up more to learn more about her origins.
Feature image via Zhejiang Television