This man was looking everywhere for a woman who replaced his mother in childhood. Their reunion is heartbreaking
I admit, it feels great to reunite with someone you have not seen in a long time. The never-ending stories, the laughter you had before, and reminiscing about all the common things you share. 45 years ago, a nanny from Bolivia raised a Swedish little boy of 4 years old. In April 2022, the man reunited with his nanny in Bolivia.
Juanito Jonsson was born in Sweden in 1973. Now, he lives with his wife and 3 sons in Fuengirola, Málaga, in southern Spain. 6 months after he was born, his family moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Since both his parents had jobs and his siblings were in school, a nanny was hired to take care of Juanito while they were out. Her name was Ana.
“Ana was very sick before she came to our house,” Jonsson told The Epoch Times. “Her husband passed away due to a work-related injury, leaving behind two daughters. The oldest is 4 years old, and the youngest is 1 year old. People think that Ana was dying and she gave up her two daughters for adoption.”
From 1973 to 1976, Ana worked as Jonsson’s nanny, and she treated him like her own child. “She gave me all her love for her daughters,” Jonsson said.
She has also completely recovered from her sickness.
Jonsson returned to Sweden in 1979 but moved to Spain after a few years. There, he settled and married after a few more years. They had 3 sons.
In 2017, Jonsson traveled to Peru for a conference when he suddenly felt the impulse to visit Bolivia. He first traveled by plane, then took a 9-hour bumpy ride by car to Cochabamba, Bolivia.
He rented a room near his brother’s school and visited his childhood home, where Ana raised him. Meeting with the new owners, the place brought him back memories.
“It touched my soul, and I felt something was missing deep in my soul,” Jonsson solemnly said. “In 2017, I started my journey to find Anna.” However, when the pandemic hit, his plans were repeatedly postponed.
In early 2022, Jonsson got in touch with Ana’s son, Daniel, and learned some basic information about his former nanny. Ana is 79 years old and sells candles in Yacuíba, a small town on the border between Bolivia and Argentina. He then decided to travel to Yacuíba this April to surprise Ana.
At 7:00 AM on April 2, Jonsson arrived at Yacuíba, where Daniel met him at the bus terminal. Jonsson could no longer contain his excitement. When he was approaching Ana’s home, she greeted him from afar but did not immediately recognize him. She was unaware that the ‘guest’ was the child she raised 45 years ago.
“When I said my name, she remembered right away,” Jonsson recalls. “She said, ‘You’re Juanito? The one who hugged me and called me ‘Ana, my Ana.’, Juanito?’ Then we hugged.” The tear-jerking moment served as a reunion between mother and son, who were separated for 45 years.
Ana lived in a simple house, and Jonsson had breakfast with his former nanny in her home. He showed her an album with photos of his parents, siblings, and his current family. He also provided money for the repairs needed at her house. Ana’s excitement could no longer be contained, and her happiness was beyond words.
That night, Jonsson took Ana to a good local restaurant for dinner. They reminisced while they ate, and the stories were non-stop.
“We talked into the night, and she and I walked hand in hand to the terminal of the bus,” Jonsson said. “She is 79 years old, her lungs are not very good, and she has some vision problems, but she is very strong, independent, and her mind is very clear. She has prayed for me all her life, and it was a miracle for her to meet me.”
When he returned to Spain, Jonsson compiled the videos of his reunion with Ana and posted them on his social media pages together with some photos of the 2 of them. His followers instantly rose from dozens to thousands, and his posts garnered millions of views.
Since then, Ana and Jonsson kept in touch through video calls every week. He plans to visit Ana again in Yacuíba next June. Although Jonsson was raised in Bolivia, he never felt the need to visit South America before 2017.
“Although I live in Europe, I’m very proud that I have a strong sense of belonging to Cochabamba,” Jonsson said. “Anyone who asks, ‘Where are you from?’ I say, ‘I was born in Sweden, but I grew up in Bolivia, and Bolivia is part of my life.’”
Whenever he remembered his reunion with Ana, Jonsson is grateful for the opportunity to reunite and celebrate with his beloved nanny, who loved and cared for him when he was a child.
“Sometimes it’s too late to say something, so there’s always a longing in the back of my mind to reconnect with my childhood nanny to express my gratitude … to take advantage of loved ones,” Jonsson said. “Express your gratitude while you are alive and leave no regrets.”