Search across an ocean for birth parents

"We would like to let her birth parents know that she is safe, happy and well loved." --- Scott Mack

Zhu Haixin (Haley)

AN American family will fly to Shanghai next week in search of the birth parents of their adopted Chinese daughter.

The girl, Zhu Haixin, was born around September 10, 2014 and abandoned at the Shanghai No.6 People’s Hospital in Xuhui District. She was diagnosed with heart and neural problems.

“We are hoping to locate her birth family before too much time passes and the information may be harder to find or the people who may have seen her at the hospital are no longer there,” said Scott Mack, Zhu’s father, in an e-mail to Shanghai Daily. “We would like to be able to tell her about her birth family when she gets older and asks about them.”

Mack and his wife Misty gave their adopted daughter the name Haley when they took her to live with them in the western state of Oregon. They enlisted the help of Shanghai Daily through an intermediary, in the quest to locate the girl’s parents.

This is what is known. On September 22, 2014, Zhu was spotted on a bench at the doorway outside the radiology room at the medical treatment technology building of the hospital by the family of another patient. Police were called. The baby carried no identification.

Zhu was sent by police to the Shanghai No.8 People’s Hospital in Xuhui for a health examination, according to a file on the child at the Shanghai Children’s Home.

The infant was hospitalized there between September 22 and 29. Lacking any clues to the baby’s identity or family, authorities sent her the Shanghai Children’s Home on September 29. Her Chinese name was given to her by the orphanage. She was adopted by the Macks on October 18, 2016.

Macks

A happy family: Zhu Haixin (Haley) with her adoptive parents and sister in Oregon. 

“We love our daughter very much and she bonded with our family very quickly,” said Scott Mack. “We knew that we could love her and help her with her medical needs.”

Mack is a project manager at a US company that produces stairs for high rise buildings. His wife Misty stays home to care for the children. “She loves us and her siblings,” Mack said of Zhu. “She is a beautiful, happy, active, loving little girl with a fun personality and a great sense of humor. She works hard at whatever she wants to do.”

The family will arrive in Shanghai on Tuesday night.

“We will be going to the hospital where she was found and will be asking to see if there is any record of her seeing a doctor that day,” said Mack.

They also plan to pass out some flyers in Chinese to people in busy traffic areas and visit the police station that originally handled the case of the abandoned newborn.

“Please help me find my father and mother,” the flyer in Chinese reads.

“My daughter is too young to understand what happened when she was a baby,” Mack said.

“We would like to let her birth parents know that she is safe, happy and well loved. We are taking her to the finest doctors in the US to get her the best medical care available.”

Shanghai Daily will accompany the Macks and report on their search efforts next week.

In October 2017, a Dutch family visited Shanghai to find the birth parents of a 9-year-old Chinese girl, Eloise Hannah Ding Yi de Vaal, who was abandoned in the city’s Jiading District.

They first approached Juyuan police station to have the girl’s DNA sample taken, then went to Jiading District Central Hospital where she was abandoned, followed by a trip to Shanghai Children’s Home where she spent 22 months before being adopted by de Vaals. Their effort, however, hasn’t helped till date.

Zhu Haixin (Haley)

Zhu Haixin (Haley)

Here is some basic information about the girl who is looking for her birth parents.

Birth date: September 10, 2014 (estimated)

Time when she was found: September 22, 2014

Place where she was found: Shanghai No.6 People’s Hospital

Medical condition: With heart and neural problems

Anyone with information can contact Shanghai Daily at humin@shanghaidaily.com


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