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Woman Abandoned as Baby in Train Station 43 Years Ago Learns Truth About Her Past

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Reunions can be difficult, sweet and even bittersweet. For one family, a reunion miracle has occurred — one that is almost too incredible to believe.

More than four long decades passed since Mika Cheesman had seen her biological family. In 1975, at the young age of 4, the now 47-year-old was left abandoned and alone at Penn Station in New York.

According to Inside Edition, Cheesman was discovered at a candy store inside the station. Back then she was only known as “Missy,” as authorities did not know her given name.

The 4-year-old would reportedly only say “mommy” at the time. Her parents were never located, so Cheesman was sent to a Manhattan orphanage and eventually adopted in 1977, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Still, she never ceased wondering or searching. Cheesman longed for answers about her past and her heritage.

Thanks to an appearance she made on “Iyanla” in 2001, Cheesman was able to connect with private investigator Lynn-Marie Carty.

Carty became determined to help Cheesman locate her birth parents.

“There was so little information to start with… It broke my heart. I said, ‘I am going to solve this case before I leave this Earth.'” Carty told Inside Edition.

The search was on — 17 long years of searching, to be exact. Others might have given up after hitting dead end after dead end.

But Carty and Cheesman pressed on, holding out hope they’d find Cheesman’s birth family. When a DNA test led them to a cousin, things started looking up.

Carty shared with Mika in January 2018 that both of her birth parents were still alive. She explained to Cheesman that her mother had mental health issues.

“She was 26 years old,” Carty told Tampa Bay Times. “Her name was Barbara… she had to be hospitalized, and everyone in the family says she was never the same person.”

When Cheesman at a last was reunited with her mother and her other family members, she showed so much grace and compassion as she hugged her tearful mother for the first time in so many years.

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“I’m not angry,” Mika told Tampa Bay Times. “I never, ever was angry at my other family. I knew something was wrong.”

Samuel Wright, Mika’s uncle, shared his sentiments with Inside Edition. “I feel so much love, I feel so much enthusiasm by meeting my niece for the first time in a long time,” he said.

What a wonderful story filled with so much hope and encouragement. Cheesman’s story is a good reminder that it’s never too late to hope for a miracle.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
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