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Lost boy finds mother on Google Earth

Posted on Sunday, 15 April, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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After 25 years a boy who had got lost as a child was able to find his home using satellite images.

Saroo was only five years old when he became lost after being separated from his brother during a train journey. After getting on the wrong train and travelling for hours in the wrong direction he ended up begging on the streets of the Calcutta slums. Eventually he was rescued by an oprhanage but had no knowledge of his mother's name or the town in which he lived.

After being brought up by foster parents in Australia, 25 years on Saroo was able to use Google Earth to pinpoint his home town and find his birth mother. "She grabbed my hand and took me to her house," he said. "She could not say anything to me. I think she was as numb as I was. She had a bit of trouble grasping that her son, after 25 years, had just reappeared like a ghost."

"Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India's trains."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by puckmomma on 17 April, 2012, 3:38
Great Story!
Comment icon #9 Posted by ShadowSot on 17 April, 2012, 4:20
I wanna believe it,but it's got my hackles up.
Comment icon #10 Posted by MontanaGramma on 18 October, 2012, 15:52
If he could not tell anyone his mothers name or the town in which he lives, How could he look up that "town" on google earth? I'm calling fake on this one
Comment icon #11 Posted by Lady Kasey on 18 October, 2012, 17:04
Did you read the whole story? It explains how he did it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mnemonix on 19 October, 2012, 0:49
Wow, that is an incredible story.
Comment icon #13 Posted by tipotep on 19 October, 2012, 0:52
Its good to read a nice story for a change - Pity he's a Tasmanian ( local joke - just kidding ) TiP.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hilander on 19 October, 2012, 1:19
Poor kid, glad it had a happy ending. It would of been happier if he brother hadn't been killed.
Comment icon #15 Posted by coldethyl on 20 October, 2012, 23:59
I'd have been looking for my kid the day he didn't come home. Glad he found her but I like to think I'd have found him pretty soon after he went missing as a mother
Comment icon #16 Posted by libstaK on 21 October, 2012, 0:54
I'd have been looking for my kid the day he didn't come home. Glad he found her but I like to think I'd have found him pretty soon after he went missing as a mother Every mother would no doubt like to think that, including his - unfortunately it is easier said than done to find a lost child especially when they are such a long distance away and could have dissappeared from home in any 360 degree direction.
Comment icon #17 Posted by JGirl on 21 October, 2012, 1:13
so young! that just blows me away


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