Deaf Olympian finds his long-lost father
By LEONIE BRANN
DOUG MYLER has found the missing piece in his life puzzle ? his son.
After more than 45 years without knowing the welfare and whereabouts of his son Werner George Myler, known as 'George', Doug was reunited with the child he believed he would never see again.
Doug explained he left behind his profoundly deaf son because of his tempestuous relationship with his then wife, Stella.
"I didn't just leave because it was a difficult situation. I left because it was best for my son."
Despite not seeing his son since he was a boy of four, Doug knew his child when he saw him.
"Even though he had dark glasses on I knew it was my son," Doug said of the emotional reunion at his Lismore Heights home on January 28.
"We recognised each other and then we immediately hugged each other.
"He had this strange look on his face, I think maybe he was nervous, and maybe he was thinking I was so old the shock would give me a heart attack."
Chance had some role to play in the reunion, with George tracking down Doug from his home in Surrey, England, and taking advantage of a visit to Australia as a competitor in the Deaf Olympic Games in Melbourne, to find his father.
"George found me in the phone book," Doug said.
Doug, who also has one daughter, three stepdaughters, one stepson, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, said he regretted losing contact with George.
"It was a heartbreaking decision," he said.