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The Unwanted Child

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Written by   829
7 months ago

When Bella was seventy years old, she was sitting in the café when a lady joined her at the table. The lady, who was very well dressed and well-spoken, started to converse with Bella and asked if she knew anyone who would be willing to take over the care of a newborn baby. Her daughter was a nurse and unmarried and did not want anyone to know that she had given birth. The baby was born while she was on duty and no one had even suspected that she had been pregnant until the birth, as she had kept herself well corseted to hide the bump. None of her family knew and her mother was the only one in the family who knew afterwards.

To keep it all secret, she said that she was willing to pay well, so Bella said, "I foster children and would be willing to care for your baby." The baby boy, called Derek was brought to Bella the following week and arrangements were made for payment. The lady agreed to pay Bella forty-five pounds a month (a huge amount of money at the time.)

Derek had an umbilical hernia and had an operation soon after his arrival. Bella was always concerned the something was not "quite right" with Derek and despite him being a bright and happy baby he just didn't appear to be progressing as he should in some aspects. With her vast experience with children, Bella was well qualified to spot any defects.

Bella travels to several hospitals in Northern Ireland carrying Derek on her back, trying to get answers as to what it was that may be wrong with him. Eventually, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Bella was always convinced it had been caused by the tight corsets his mother had worn during her pregnancy to disguise the bump. Derek was bright and responsive but one side of his body did not function properly. Bella as usual, however, was determined to keep him and care for him to the best of their capability. He had great difficulty learning to walk and would regularly fall over but he was a delightful little boy.

When he started school he went to Comber Primary school and had to be taken and collected after school as he was too unsteady on his feet to get to and from school without help. His sister June (also fostered) who was at the technical college would take him to school in the morning before college and leave early to collect him from school. And she would carry Derek on her back wherever she goes, people even thought that he is her son.

Sadly, when Derek was eight and June was eighteen, Bella died. Derek's mother arranged for him to be collected and taken to a "cripples home" (as they called them in those days). He was just collected from school and taken to Newtownards by a care worker and left in the home. June was married and pregnant and said that she would happily have taken him in but the authorities said she was too young.

He was eventually taken to a foster home in Lisburn and then sent to a boarding school (Friends School in Lisburn). His foster mother rang June when she found out how distressed Derek was at not seeing her as she had visited him every week when he was in the "cripples home". Derek was extremely clever at school and obtain a place at Manchester University which led to a very successful career in Computer Technology. He married a lovely lady and has a family of his own. He is now retired.

Derek recently found her birth mother. But until the very end, she doesn't want to acknowledge him neither for the world to know that she is her son. Until this time his mother's family aside from his grandmother that he exists. They are well-known and very rich that they think their reputation will be tainted by him. She died two weeks after he saw her. Derek was heartbroken but accepted long ago the fact that he was despised since he was born. Unwanted child. That breaks my heart.

Mum, Derek and Auntie Rona

But thank God, he was loved and taken care of by Granny Bella, Mum and Auntie Rona. They are blessed to have each other.

A true story.

Thank you for reading.

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A touching story, but why would she hide her baby from the world, at least there is someone who impregnated her, and if she couldn't take care of the baby, her mother should have. But thanks to Granny Bella, your mum and Auntie Rona

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7 months ago

That's one heart-rendering story

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7 months ago

Omg, my heart bleeds for him as it was so heartbreaking. Sometimes,this is the problem of rich people. They chose to do hilarious things like this for the sake of what they called reputation

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7 months ago

I'm so sad while reading this maam.🥺 It's hurt for Derek but he surpassed all the challenges he encountered. He is a strong man. God is with him all the time. 🙏

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7 months ago

Yes. I thought it will be a happy ending. At least for her Mother to accept her and ask forgiveness. Even introducing him to the family she never did.

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7 months ago

My sister was born with CP. It was the doctor's fault but no lawsuit was ever filed because my father was in the US Navy and it could not be proven.

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7 months ago

Sakit naman maging unwanted yung wala kanamang ginawang mali since hindi mo din naman kagustuhan mabuhay sa mundo in the first place hayss. but I'm happy na naging maayos naman si derek kahit ganyan ang nangyari sa kanya.

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7 months ago

It was a heartbreaking story😭. Good thing there was someone who truly loved him and accept him despite of his partial disability.

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7 months ago

Yes. Granny treated everyone the same.

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7 months ago

Owww this breaks my heart knowing that there are parents like that. Derek has a huge heart for he was not mad to her mom.

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7 months ago

But till the end he was hoping that he will be ask to join the family or just introduce him. I not even know if she ask forgiveness for abandoning him.

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7 months ago

This breaks my heart even more. 🤧

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7 months ago

Grabe ansakit naman ng full story na to, ang sakit talaga na itunatago tayo bilang kadugo. Nacurious lang ako, ung mother inlaw mo ba sissy ung foster sister din?

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7 months ago

Yes finoster din sya ni Granny Bella because both Mum's Mom and Dad is in the army. That time gyera pa so pinaalagaan kay Granny si mother in law ko pero pinupuntahan din nila.

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7 months ago

Grabe talaga noh, halatang mapagmahal talaga xa kc kahit di nia kadugo inalagaan parin xa, kaya naman pala blessed masyado

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7 months ago

Wow, such a heart touching story I can't understand how mother could be so cruel to her own child 😩

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7 months ago

Me neither. It just break my heart as a mother myself.

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7 months ago

Feeling sad for Derek. Emotional and touchy one.

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7 months ago

It is. But he moved on. And even what happened he made himself proud of his achievements.

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7 months ago

Ung pamangkin ko naman madam ndi kinikilala ng tatay nya na anak, ngayun pareho sila ndi tinatanggap na mag-ama sila

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7 months ago

Ang sakit naman nun 😥

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7 months ago

Yes po:) 15years old na pamangkin ko pero never nya tinawag papa ung kapatid ko, tito lng

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7 months ago

Our world is so cruel. Humanity vanishing day by day. First i thought it was a fictional story but when i'm seen the ending words, it was shocking and blew my mind.

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7 months ago

It's unbelievable. 💔

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7 months ago

I felt sad reading this po. I kinda relate to him somehow. Medyo ganyan din kasi ako sa totoong mother ko.

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7 months ago

May mga pagkakataon talaga na hindi natin gusto ang magiging kahihinatnan ng ating istorya. Pero kung nasa tamang landas naman ang ating pagiisip para tangapin at ipaubaya nalang sa Diyos ang ating mga hinanakit, marahil ito ang magbibigay ng kapayapaan sa ating kalooban.

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7 months ago

I am sad to hear about Derek the behavior he faced due to being a unwanted child but I am happy to know that he had Bella and successful career in Computer Technology.

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7 months ago

Wow... it's so touching.

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7 months ago

Why naman ganon, huwag nalang sana mag pa buntis kung hindi naman kaya harapin ang consequence 😔 buti nalang nasa mabuting tao siya napunta, God is good talaga ❤️.

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7 months ago

Hmmm, the stone that the builder rejected turns out to become the corner stone. Derek mother Never dream that he will be successful in life, she could have think twice before rejecting the son and she was the one who kept Derek in the condition he find himself because she don't want people to be aware of the pregnancy.

Since she don't want people to be aware, then why did she come back to Derek? She could have just go, but just wish Derek forgive her of her actions before she dies, because to err is human to forgive is Divine.

But so painful that Bella was dead , I wish she's alive to see Derek having the family of his own.

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7 months ago

Bakit nakakaya ng iba na ganunin ang anak nila? Gaya nyan baby palang nag hihirap na si Derek ikaw ba naman ang ipitin ng corset aba'y grabidad. Kahit pa ba hindi nya ginusto na mabuo yong bata or kahit pa anong rason nya it's not right to just do it. Well, kung hnd naman nya ginawa yong ganin hindi magkakaroon ng happy family si Derek, so okie na din. Aigooyahhh tskk.

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7 months ago

Super horror ng hindi kilalanin lang pamilya. Yun sakit hindi malilimutan😥

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7 months ago

What in a world that a mother will abandon her child and not loving him, I feel pity for life of Derek, but still I'm glad that he's foster by a great lady and raised as a great man. Despite of bad things happen on him, he's so fortunate to find good person that loved and care him at the rest of his life.❤

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7 months ago

Love always wins. What a great story.

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7 months ago

Kakasad madam.. Pro at least he found a family.. Hirap dn kaya lumaki na wala kang tinuturing na pamilya.. Pro nkakasad din yung hndi ka kikilalanin ng tunay mong magulang 😥

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7 months ago

Totoo hanggang ba naming last minute kahit kainting anor o ipakilala ka man lang sa pamilya wala. Namatay na lang wala pa rin. Grabe madam sakit sa dibdib kahit fi natin kwento. Pang hirap lumagay sa sapatos nila.

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7 months ago

Kya nga madam.. Pro pinairal pa ang pride

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7 months ago

Ako sis is unwantee child as per my mother. Sinabi niya talaga sakin nung galit na galit siya. Up until now, medyo may galit ako sa kanya. Medyo unfair kasi kami sa brother ko. Pero okay lang. Hinay hinay na akong nakaka move on.

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7 months ago

Sis you are brave and strong. Like knowing a part of the story parang ang hirap Dalhin kasi Di ka mabuo buo at a gaming missing pieces at ang daming tanong. Bakit ganon? Big hug. Andaming pagsubok! Kaya natin yan!

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7 months ago

Lots of emotions while reading this one. Thank you for sharing. Why are people making babies just to abandon them, I wonder? I would give benefit kf the doubt to those who may have valid reasons, but in general, if that child is your own, at least be responsible for it? Derek sure hd his own sets of pain for knowing he's an unwanted child, but thanks to his foster parents, he also became happy.

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7 months ago

Same sentiment. What's the deal of being rich and educated if they can do this to their own flesh and blood. Even the grandmother didn't want her grandchild. 😔

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7 months ago

I don't know how people could do such things for money and image.. It's a matter of live and flesh.

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7 months ago