Saroo Brierley as a child
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Man uses Google Earth to track down his birth mother

A man who became separated from his family 26 years ago has tracked down his birth mother using Google Earth.

Saroo Brierley was five when he went to help his nine-year old brother who worked on trains in Khandwa, India. He fell asleep on the train journey there and woke up hundreds of miles away in Calcutta.

He eventually ended up in an orphanage and was adopted by an Australian family.

Mr Brierly told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire how he found his Indian mother by using the vivid memories he still had of the town in which he used to live.

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  • 19 Apr 2012