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‘Come home’, Chinese mother urges daughter who ran off 12 months ago after learning she was adopted

Xie Qin, 23, has not contacted adoptive parents since leaving Sichuan province on January 7, 2016 – weeks after mother told her she was adopted at age of two

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 3:32pm

A Chinese woman has made a public plea to her daughter to return home before the Lunar New Year 12 months after fleeing when she found out she had been adopted, mainland media reported.

The daughter, Xie Qin, 23, left her home in Tongyi, Sichuan province, on January 7, 2016 only weeks after her mother, Qin Yu, told her that she had been adopted as a child, Chengdu Commercial Daily reported.

Xie left a “thank you” letter for her parents when she left, but has not contacted Qin since then.

In the letter she said: “I am thankful for everything you’ve done to me. I am unable to repay your kindness. I do not ask for your forgiveness, but I wish you a happy life.”

“The reason why Xie left us was maybe because she felt inferior as an adopted child,” Qin was quoted as saying in the report.

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Xie was adopted when she was two years old, and underwent expensive heart surgery in 2012, at the age of 17, after being diagnosed with congenital heart disease, the report said.

“Xie’s family are very poor and her parents both have long-term illnesses, so they need other people to help them,” Chen Jianguo, a village officer, was quoted as saying in the report.

People from the village had tried many times without success to find Xie, the report said.