A man has been reunited with his long-lost dad after using a face-ageing app on an old photo to see what he looks like now.
Everaldo Germano do Nascimento, 51, a Brazilian man who had not seen his dad in more than 30 years, tracked down Geraldo Serafim do Nascimento, 73, with the help of his wife, who posted the app's result to social media.
Eliana Almeida Nascimento, a 48-year-old hairdresser, posted an old photo of Geraldo when he was 20 years old online, and the image of what he might look like now according to the face-ageing phone feature.
The photos reached acquaintances of Geraldo in Bertioga, who got in touch with the family members and helped them to arrange a surprise reunion.
Geraldo was filmed embracing his son at the emotional gathering in the south-eastern state of Sao Paulo on May 15.
"What touched me was the hug he gave me. When I asked if he had a brother, he said his name, and when I asked his children's names, he spoke of all of us," Everaldo, a construction worker, told news site G1.
"The guy [next to him] said I was his eldest son, he dropped everything in his hands and he hugged me.
"I've never had a hug like it, the hug of a dad who has felt his son's absence for years."
Geraldo also got to meet his grandchildren for the first time during the reunion, after which his relatives took him out for a haircut and lunch.
The family hails from the north-eastern state of Paraiba.
However, when Everaldo's parents separated, his mother went to Rio de Janeiro and his dad went to Guaruja and Sao Paulo, respectively.
The couple's children went to stay with relatives, with Everaldo being looked after by his grandmother.
He was just 14 when he last saw his dad, who came to visit him a few times following his move south.
Everaldo now lives in the city of Sao Paulo in the south-eastern state of the same name.
He started looking for his dad 24 years ago.
However, he stopped searching for him after hearing a rumour he had died. It was his wife who encouraged him to resume the search more recently.
Geraldo was found to be living on a humble ranch, and his newly-connected relatives hope to help him to attain a better quality of life and even plan on bringing him to Sao Paulo for a while.
"Thanks to God, everything paid off, we are very happy, everyone likes him a lot," Everaldo told G1.
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