Long Lost Family viewers were left frustrated that the pandemic had stopped one woman from finally being reunited with her birth mother after more than 30 years.
Yasika Fernando, 31, was separated from her biological mother in Colombo, Sri Lanka just two months after she was born.
She grew up in London with adoptive parents Donald and Yasantha, who are also Sri Lankan, having moved to the UK in the early 1980s.
Adoption numbers were high in Sri Lanka in the 1980s due to poverty and civil war, as well as differing cultural attitudes.
Yasika revealed she had been left haunted by thoughts of her biological mother and what had happened to her.
She also did not find out the truth about her birth until she was 18, when her adoptive parents explained she had been adopted from a convent in Colombo.
Long Lost Family host Nicky Campbell later contacts Siri Silva, who has helped to reunite Sri Lankan birth mothers and their adoptive children for over 25 years.
However, he discovers that the search can only legally happen if Yasika travels to Sri Lanka so she can be present to receive any new information.
Yasika decides to make the trip with her husband Tilek, leaving their two-year-old daughter Ivani in the care of her adoptive parents while they are away.
When she arrives in Colombo, Yasika finds out from the hospital she was born in her mother’s date of birth and city of residence at the time of her birth, but there is no current address.
Yasika is then taken to the Good Shepherd Convent, where her adoption was arranged, and waits while a nun looks through the adoption records.
During a call, Yasika is then informed that the convent has found some information, but she must first find the birth mother herself to find out if she willing to meet her.
This disappointing result left Yasika with no choice but to return to the UK.
However, five days after she arrives back home, it was discovered that although Yasika’s birth mother was not at her last known address when visited by Siri and the nun, they did find her grandmother, who revealed she was still alive.
After Yasika’s grandmother gave a phone number to the nun, they spoke to her biological mother, who confirmed she wanted to meet her.
Crying tears of joy, she tells host Davina McCall: ‘Oh my God, this is the best news I’ve ever had. I feel so light now.’
However, her chances to finally come face to face with her biological mother once again were put to a stop by the coronavirus pandemic, with all flights to Sri Lanka cancelled.
‘I’m not able to meet my birth mother at this time,’ Yasika explained. ‘I haven’t seen her still. Once I’m able to travel and they say it’s okay I will definitely make that trip.’
Thankfully, the power of the internet has since allowed Yasika to meet her mother virtually over video call, although she chose not to appear on camera.
Yasika has since also welcomed her second child with her husband – nine-week-old Iyla – and she hopes to introduce both Iyla and daughter Ivani to her mother when they finally meet.
Fans at home were left feeling disappointed that the pandemic had stopped Yasika and her biological mother from finally being reunited, however they were relieved that there was still a happy outcome for the pair.
Meanwhile, some have also called for their eventual meeting to be broadcast in a future episode of the series.
One tweeted: ‘Bloody covid ruins everything. I hope she and her family stay safe both here and in Sri Lanka and they’ll finally meet each other soon.’
Another added: ‘Omg frigging covid ruining everything!! #longlostfamily happy for her tho.’
One other annoyed viewer wrote: ‘#longlostfamily Someone contact Boris [Johnson] and Matt [Hancock] and get Yasika a flight to Sri Lanka!! We need an end to this story!’
Elsewhere in tonight’s episode saw a dad finally reunite with a son he was forced to give up when he was just 17.
Long Lost Family continues next Monday at 9pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.