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Colleen Turzynski may come to Singapore earlier than planned

Published on Apr 20, 2014 6:14 AM

The Chinese New Year was never a part of her calendar, but all that is about to change as Ms Colleen Turzynski hopes to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Goat in Singapore next year instead of holding off her visit for a year or two as originally planned.

Relatives say they will pay for her trip home, and people touched by her story have also offered to contribute to her visit or her education - in particular, her efforts to learn English and Mandarin so she can communicate with her family.

"How wonderful people are... I feel so much gratitude. I wouldn't know how to thank the Singapore people for that," said Ms Turzynski, when The Sunday Times caught up with her in New Jersey, where she lives with her former foster parents.

Ms Turzynski, who is deaf, said, through a translator, that she is excited about her upcoming trip: "I want to celebrate the new year and meet a lot of my family."

Robin kept the quilt which Ms Turzynski used as a baby as a memento of the foster child she had to give up. The quilt is back with Ms Turzynski. -- ST PHOTO: JEREMY AU YONG
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