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Emotional moment Hounslow mother meets long lost sister on ITV show

The reunion was broadcast on ITV's documentary series Long Lost Family

This is the emotional moment a Hounslow mother met her long lost sister.

The emotional scene was broadcast on an ITV documentary series on Wednesday (August 2).

Viewers of Long Lost Family saw two sisters meet for the first time after Mary Davis, 55, from Hounslow, ended her 15-year search for her mother.

The full second episode which features the emotional reunion is available to watch on ITV.com.

The seven-part series with presenters Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunites family members with their missing relatives.

Reunited Mary Davis (right) with her half sister Shirley (left) (Image: ITV)

Mary, who was born deaf, was longing to find her Irish mother, Bernadette Sweeney, after a childhood spent in care.

Mary said: "I was always the deaf child, I felt lonely and left out.

"I wish my mother had kept me as a baby… I want to find her.”

During the show, Mary sadly discovered that her mother had passed away in 2007 but producers had found her half-sister Shirley, who was still alive.

Before the sisters met on camera, presenter Nicky met Shirley in Kilburn, close to where she and Bernadette once lived, and learned that Shirley was not the only sibling and Bernadette had four other children.

Shirley explained to Nicky that she did not know Mary existed until the Long Lost Family team got in touch.

The show then told the story of how Shirley fell pregnant at the age of 16 and was planning to giver her child up for adoption but Bernadette did not want her daughter to do so.

This incident made more sense after Shirley had been told about her half sister Mary's path into adoption.

This was the background to an emotional moment where the two sisters met and Shirley promised Mary that she would learn sign language to communicate with her.

Mary said: “I can feel she’s definitely my sister and I feel happy being part of a big family.”

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