Heather Lewis didn’t get her name from her birth parents. It’s “made up,” she says, as is her birthday. She was born in Busan, Korea and left on a doorstep – abandoned as an infant. She believes her abandonment could have happened because her family wanted a boy. She was taken to an orphanage where she was, like other Korean orphans, assigned a number – K446. A Michigan couple eventually adopted Lewis. She says she had a loving childhood home, but experienced the emptiness many adoptees do who don’t know much about where they came from. She submitted her DNA to 23andMe, hoping she might one day find connections to her family. She did, and her journey also includes several of what she calls “plot twists.”
She Began Life As A Number, But Eventually Found Two Families
Heather Lewis grew up not knowing anything about her Korean family or identity. Thanks to DNA matching, she found both.