Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nanjing, Jiangsu: Searching for "Shen Li"

My daughter was born on July 17, 1993, with white skin, small eyes, and a small swirl above her eyebrows. She had some problems with defecation after birth, and her belly was a little swollen. Under the treatment of a local doctor, the situation got better, but still not cured. On July 25, 1993, the child's grandfather took her to the Nanjing Children's Hospital for medical treatment (I couldn't go with him because of physical reasons). Later, her grandfather came back alone, told me that my daughter had died due to serious diseases. I was very shocked, pained when hearing the words, kept crying and quarreling with him. But with the persuasion of our neighbors and family, I believed it.

However, a year later, I got the fact that my daughter was actually left in the Nanjing Children's Hospital when she was alive. At that time, the doctor's diagnosis was a short-section congenital megacolon. Her grandfather left her in the aisle chair on the second floor of the second building of the Children's Hospital. In the chair, my daughter was wrapped in a single pillow towel and a double pillow towel (the double pillow towel is a pair, and the other one is still at my home). Next to her was a dark green cloth backpack with a bag of "Sanlu" baby milk powder, a milk bottle and ten Chinese Yuan. I was crazy and mad after hearing the fact and got mild depression after that. Since then, I have embarked on the path of finding my daughter.

I went to the Nanjing Children's Hospital, Nanjing Police Station, and the Nanjing Social Children Welfare Institute many times to find clues. Finally, the girl named "Shen Li" came into my eyes when I was checking the archives in the Nanjing Children's Welfare Institute. She was sent into the Nanjing Social and Child Welfare Institute by the Wutaishan Police Station on July 31, 1993. Later, in 1994, she was adopted by an American family and now lives in the US. We have pictures of her when she was a baby, which is pretty similar to our family member. She came back to the Children's Welfare Home from the US for a visit with several friends when she was 16 years old (2019). She took some photos during that visit, and as soon as I saw those photos, I believed this was my daughter. In the photo, she looks like a boy, instead of a girl, because her hair was pretty short. She was about 1.6 meters high, with white skin and small eyes.

In addition to the above searching, we also published articles in the Nanjing Daily, and information on multiple websites to let more people see my story. Thanks to Lan, my DNA is in GedMatch.


If you know of this family, please have them contact DNAConnect.Org. Please feel free to post a link to this story on any search/Jiangsu groups. We appreciate it!!