When Bruce and Narelle Priddis adopted a baby girl from Sri Lanka in 1987, they were already having doubts about whether or not it was the right thing to do.
They loved their daughter, Roshani, with all their hearts, but they also knew that the circumstances of her adoption were far from ideal.
Roshani was given up for adoption by a birth mother who couldn’t afford to keep her. Poor and unwed, Violet had no choice but to relinquish her baby girl to the Australian couple.
For the first 28 years of her life, the only memory Roshani carried of her Sri Lankan mother were photographs taken on the day of her adoption.
Despite her loving childhood in Australia, Roshani has always knew there was someone missing from her life – and tonight, on 60 Minutes, she was finally reunited with her birth mother.
Although she had always dreamed in abstract about meeting the woman who gave her life, it was only when Roshani’s adoptive mother Narelle passed away that Roshani took up the search in earnest.
Narelle died tragically in 2010 after three year battle with cancer – and it was her dying wish that Roshani meet her birth mother.
It’s a blessing Roshani will never forget, describing her adoptive mother as “the driving force” behind her desire to reconnect with her birth mother.
“Her interest in this doesn’t stop just because she’s crossed over,” Roshani told 60 Minutes host Allison Langdon.
“She’s very much behind this.”