A woman abandoned in a phone box as a baby has been reunited with the stranger who rescued her 22 years ago after launching an appeal in Metro.
Kiran Sheikh met with rescuer Joe Campbell at Northcliffe House last night with the get-together filmed by ITV’s Good Morning Britain and featured on this morning’s show.
Kiran was only two hours old when she was abandoned on April 30, 1994. Her mother, who was trapped in an abusive relationship, then called the Samaritans, urging them to come quickly for the baby. Before they arrived at the call box in Forest Gate, east London, she was found by Joe, then 30, who called police after seeing what he first thought was ‘a bag of chips’.
Mr Campbell sent gifts and birthday cards for the first five years of Kiran’s life, before being asked to cut ties by social services. At the time Joe had asked about adopting the baby himself, but was turned down as he was not married.
The reunion was set up yesterday after a co-worker at the courier company Joe works for showed him a copy of Metro, in which Ms Sheikh was appealing to find her saviour, saying he was called John or Joe Campbell.
You can read the full story on page three of today’s Metro or check out the e-edition here..