Kiran Sheikh was already an orphan when her biological mother abandoned her in a phone box when she was only two hours old. Joe Campbell, who initially mistook her for a bag of chips, intervened to save her. She was saved by Joe Campbell. When dad called the police, they took the kid to the hospital emergency department. He wanted to adopt her, but he wasn’t yet married. As a result, he was unable to.
She was adopted without ever learning about her birth father. But only recently, the two individuals were brought together again in an upsetting encounter.
Their mother left Kiran at a phone box in East London because their father was violent and she already had six children. She and Kiran’s father were allegedly having an abusive relationship at the time. Although her mother had already made contact with the Samaritans, Joe Campbell was able to find the baby before the others arrived. He initially mistook her for a bag of chips when he first saw her. Sheikh was sent to Newham General Hospital, where before being discharged to her family, she was given the name “April Campbell.” Then he made a police call. However, a different family adopted her and gave her the name Kiran.
From her adoptive parents at the age of eight, she was made aware of the circumstances. Her eagerness to meet Campbell has only grown since then. A coworker at the delivery company DPD recognized Campbell from Sheikh’s newspaper appeal for the man who saved her 20 years ago and quickly showed it to her. To discover the man who saved her, Sheikh made a public appeal. Even though he knew he’d never meet Sheikh, he kept images and clippings of her with him in the hope that he’d get the chance.
Because of the five-hour time difference between them, Campbell had gone to the phone booth earlier that evening to speak to his parents, who resided in Guyana. Campbell stated that he made an effort to keep in contact with Sheikh by delivering greeting cards, monetary gifts, and other presents to social services.
He continued to do so for a total of seven years, although Sheikh claims she was never in receipt of any of the gifts. She said, “I cannot believe they didn’t put anything on my file about him,” which she found hard to accept. They certainly had the opportunity to do something that “people don’t do what he did, not like that.”
Campbell expressed how difficult it was for him to hold back his tears during the reunion because it was such an emotional experience. Sheikh further stated that she was overcome with emotion and overjoyed to finally meet the person who had been responsible for saving her life. She also mentions that she has forgiven her mother if she ever had the chance to meet her.
When Sheikh was only three years old, her mother sent her a letter in which she apologized for what she had done, and that letter was the last contact that Sheikh had with her mother.
She has maintained communication with her other brothers and sisters. Her father is serving time in a Canadian prison for attempted murder after being convicted of stabbing another ex-girlfriend thirty times.
Sheikh had spent his childhood just a few blocks from where Campbell had resided until 1997. The two had probably crossed paths but were unaware of each other’s existence. This revelation was another major surprise for both of them when they recognized it. Presently, Campbell can be found residing in South London. Even though he claims to have lost his mother at the tender age of three, he was raised and cared for by his stepmother as if he were her son. Because of this, he was able to cultivate a more generous outlook on life.