Mother finds lost son via Facebook

Fri, May 29, 2009, 01:00

A mother who claimed her son was kidnapped by his Hungarian father 27 years ago was reunited with him when her sister found him on Facebook.

Avril Grube (62), from Poole, Dorset, said her son Gavin Paros was taken to Hungary in 1982 aged three when his father failed to bring him back from a weekend visit after the marriage broke down.

Despite the family contacting the authorities and writing to the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mrs Grube never saw her son again.

But her younger sister Beryl Wilson (59), from Liverpool, never gave up hope and one day she put Mr Paros’s name into Google and up popped his Facebook page with his mother’s name on it.

And it transpired that Mr Paros had also been trying to find his family after the death of his father in 2006.

Now Mrs Grube, who recently suffered a stroke and lives in sheltered housing, has met her son for the first time at her Dorset home.

“It means so much to me,” she said, added that she was desperate to see her grandchildren.

But mother and son have to speak through translation software as father-of-three Mr Paros (30), does not speak English — a process that means the many questions they want to ask take hours.

“Mrs Wilson explained that she had to wait for a few weeks before Mr Paros replied, as he had not looked at the Facebook page for several months.

“As soon as I found him on Facebook I phoned Avril and said, I have some important news, and told her to sit down, and then I heard a merciful scream,” she said.

“It was the happiest day of her life when she met her son. She said there were no words to describe it.

“Gavin has got a family and three children and they are desperate to come to England and live but he needs help to find a house and job.”

PA