Long Lost Family proved to be a real tear-jerker tonight after a Nigerian father collapsed and threw his first meeting with his 39-year-old daughter into jeopardy.
Laura Aker, who grew up in Kirkcaldy in Scotland, needed to know why her father Andrew Olum Ekpang abandoned her after meeting her mother while training for the navy.
The mother-of-three discovered that the man she called dad was not her real father as a teenager, before being shown a letter where Andy promised to return.
Nicky Campbell and the team found Laura’s half-brother Ntem on Facebook and made contact with him.
Andrew Olum Ekpang’s planned reunion with long lost daughter Laura Aker was thrown into jeopardy when he fell sick.
He had been due to fly from Nigeria to meet the daughter he never knew in her native Scotland.
But he collapsed and was admitted to hospital suffering from a mystery illness, with doctors fearing he would be unable to make the trip.
However, he did recover and was able to travel to meet Laura, 39, and Long Lost Familyviewers were moved by the emotional moment they locked eyes for the first time.
One tweeted: “#LongLostFamily wow what a reunion I worry that her dad doesn’t look well I hope they get many times together.”
Another wrote: “Getting all the feels watching #longlostfamily .
“I’m SO glad Laura’s dad and half-brother could finally meet get to meet her.”
Laura signed up for the show as she wanted to understand why Andrew abandoned her after meeting her mother while training for the navy.
It came after she got a shock as a teenager when she discovered the man she thought was her dad was not her biological father.
Laura said: “I just felt a connection straight away. When my dad said he loved me it was everything I hoped for.
“Now I feel not only part of my family in Scotland but also part of my massive family in Nigeria.”