I was moved to tears by the stories about Olympian free-style skier Toby Dawson's reunion with his birth father, who reportedly lost him at a Busan market over 25 years ago.
I remember being told that sometimes children were lost or separated from family and ended up in orphanages and subsequently adopted to the United States or Europe by accident, but until I went to Korea myself and saw just how populous these train stations and markets were, I just couldn't believe it.
According to the Korea Herald,
Smiles and jokes aside, Dawson delved into his past when he asked his father the circumstances surrounding his placement into an orphanage.
The father has long claimed that Dawson was lost at a Busan marketplace. After long hours of searches and visits to local orphanages, he decided to give up.
"I desperately looked everywhere, but I couldn't find you," Kim said. "I'm sorry.
"But I am proud of who you have become, and I am proud that you came all the way to Korea to meet me."
Dawson's parents have said that the orphanage told them that he was abandoned.