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Woman left in phone box as baby reunited with man who found her

A woman abandoned in a phone box as a baby has been reunited with the man who found her.

Kiran Sheikh was just two hours old when her mother dumped her in the middle of the night on April 30, 1994.

Her rescuer Joe Campbell said at first he thought the baby - who he named April - was an empty chip wrapper as he approached the phone box.

He told Good Morning Britain: "When I saw it was a little baby I called 999 and the police came and the ambulance came and that's when I found out she was just about two hours old."

Kiran outside the phone box in Forest Gate, east London where she was found. Credit: SWNS

Joe said he felt an "instant connection" with the baby and even asked if he could adopt her, but was told it wasn't possible as he wasn't married at the time.

"I asked if I could keep in contact, I was told no, that's not possible. I asked if I could find out how she was doing, and I was told no, that's not possible."

A magazine clipping after Kiran was found. Credit: Good Morning Britain

In the end Joe had to cut all contact with Kiran but said he never gave up hope of finding her one day.

Kiran went searching for him after discovering who he was in her adoption file.

"He had done so much for me. It said in my file he gave me presents, he sent me cards and I never received anything, but he did. I needed to thank him somehow," she said.

And it wasn't long before they were reunited.

The emotional moment Kiran and Joe were reunited. Credit: SWNS

Joe said: "It was one of the happiest days of my life because I never stopped looking for her.

"I was always hopeful that someday, somehow I would find her before I finally part this world."

After the emotional reunion, the pair said it was like finding a family member.

"She is my family. I told her you've got siblings. Ok, we're not blood related but it's like we are," Joe said.

Kiran said she now wants her birth mother to get in touch. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Kiran made an appeal for her birth mother to contact her.

"I'm sure she knows who I am. She does know my name and everything so if she does see this, just get in contact with the show or any way, just get in contact.

"I'm not angry. She wrote me a letter saying sorry.

"I forgive her. I hope she doesn't feel bad or anything. I would just love to meet her."