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Swedish dad finds lost baby son
Father Marko Karkkainen with son Hannes Bergstroem
The boy was located by relatives in Sweden
A Swedish toddler has had an emotional reunion with his father after being found abandoned next to a road on the stricken Thai island of Phuket.

A photo of Hannes Bergstroem taken after his rescue was spotted on the internet by relatives who had thought the boy had been washed out to sea.

Hannes' mother is among 1,500 Swedes still missing in Thailand following Sunday's tsunami disaster.

Correspondents say the boy's identity had at first mystified doctors.

Hannes was found wrapped in blankets on high ground near the town of Khao Lak, one of the areas of Thailand worst hit by the waves, after apparently being rescued by a local villager.

Reuters news agency said he was picked up by an American couple, who took him to Khao Lak hospital once the danger had passed.

Hannes Bergstroem
A photo of Hannes Bergstroem was spotted on the internet

The toddler's aunt explained that she found a photo of his scratched and mosquito-bitten face as she searched a website about victims of the tsunami.

"I screamed for joy," Viola Hellstroem told Aftonbladet newspaper. "We thought he was dead."

Ms Hellstroem said the family, from the south-western city of Goteborg, was spending its last day in Thailand after a month-long holiday.

The boy's father and grandfather were located at another hospital.


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