AMBASSADOR SUBASINGHE MEETS BABY ABILASH
(“BABY 81”) AND PARENTS IN NEW YORK
Baby Abilash and his parents, Murugupillai and Jenita Jeyarajah
were brought to New York City in the week of March 2, 2005 by
ABC News to appear on the “Good Morning America” program.
While in New York, the recently united family toured the city,
including a visit to Ground Zero of the World Trade Center site.
During their visit the family had the opportunity of meeting with
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Devinda R. Subasinghe
and, the conversation with Ambassador Subasinghe was taped for
a segment on the Good Morning America show which was aired on
March 3, 2005.
Ambassador Subasinghe, in his conversation with Mr. and Mrs.
Jeyarajah discussed the family’s plans for the future and
Sri Lanka’s recovery efforts while Abilash peacefully slept.
Mr. Jeyarajah, a barber by profession, stated that his family
was very happy about the reunion with Abilash and wanted to rebuild
their lives in their hometown, Kalmunai, which is located in the
North- eastern coast of Sri Lanka. Mr. Jeyarajah’s home
and barber shop were destroyed when the Tsunami struck. He also
hoped that the world- wide attention baby Abilash’s story
was receiving, would help the recovery efforts for the Kalmunai
community and the children of Sri Lanka who have been affected
by this tragic event. Ambassador Subasinghe added that, "The
baby's survival and reunion with the family indicates a real sign
of hope for the future of children, as well as, our country”.
The miracle baby Abilash was reunited with his family on Feb.
16th after a court ordered DNA test confirmed the parent’s
identity. Abilash, who is now 4 months old, survived the December
26, 2004 Tsunami unharmed after his house was washed away and
he was separated from his parents. Abilash was later found by
a Good Samaritan and taken to hospital where the unidentified
baby was the 81st patient admitted that day as a result of the
The Jeyarajah family traveled to Oregon this past weekend as
honored guests for a Tsunami Recovery fund-raiser benefiting Sri
The Embassy of Sri Lanka would like to thank the United States
Embassy in Colombo, ABC News Good Morning America program and
specifically, Mrs. Lisa Sharkey for hosting the family and making
their visit to the United States possible.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
07 March 2005
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