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Cov Uni professor found long lost family, thanks to ITV show

Holly Clement 28th Jun, 2024 Updated: 28th Jun, 2024   0

A COVENTRY University professor has found her family with help from the TV show Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace.

In a remarkable journey of discovery, Coventry University Professor Liz Deutsch, who was abandoned as a baby, has finally found answers about her origins with the help of ITV’s ‘Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace.’

Liz was just six weeks old when she was dressed in hand-knitted clothes and placed in a wicker shopping basket outside a sports club in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Despite numerous public appeals, Liz’s mother was never found, and she was placed into long-term foster care, remaining there until she was 16.

Liz navigated her own path through A-levels and university, eventually becoming a nurse and now a Professor of Nursing Practice in collaboration with Coventry University’s Research Centre for Care Excellence (CCE) and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Four years ago, Liz contacted the Long Lost Family team to apply to be part of the programme.

The researchers took on her challenge, providing annual updates until October 2023, when they called her to suggest filming for the final production, which was recently aired on ITV.

Liz said: “I said I wasn’t going to watch it as I was very nervous about seeing myself on television.

“I said I was going to go for a walk and do anything to fill the time but I did watch it and felt myself relax as I watched.”

The show revealed the identity of Liz’s mother and what had happened to her.

Liz added: “They keep that big moment for TV and my reaction now is that it has satisfied the parameters of understanding where I came from.

“I feel freed; not from the stigma of being in foster care as that’s a massive life issue but it has brought me some comfort and I have no regrets.”

The Long Lost Family team also managed to track down Liz’s second cousin, Christine, who she met on the show.

Liz now has potential DNA connections to follow up, with the possibility that her birth father might be in America.


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