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A man and his brother who spent more than 40 years apart have been brought back together in an emotional reunion.

Anoop Kapitan, 64, from Holmfirth made the trip of a lifetime to visit his long lost brother in Melbourne, Australia in December.

For Anoop, the visit was particularly poignant. In 1999 the retired engineer was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was given only a limited number of years to enjoy a normal life.

Anoop said: “The trip was at the top of my bucket list as I wanted to see my brother before it was too late.

“I have travelled to 49 countries around the world including Thailand and Turkey so this landmark trip to Australia marked my 50th country.” The round-the-world trip was made possible by Qatar Airways and Manchester Airport who discovered Anoop’s story and wanted to make his dreams come true. The airline captured the emotional meeting on camera.

Father-of-two Anoop added: “I feel like the luckiest guy in the world and I am so grateful to Qatar Airways and Manchester Airport for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. Words can’t express how much this trip meant to me.”

Anoop grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother. His family ran Kapitan’s, one of the oldest restaurants in the city frequented by the late South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie who famously enjoyed their first date there.

In 1970 Anoop moved to the UK to study at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. A few years after Anoop left home, his brother Karan moved to Australia to start a new life with his family. The pair hadn’t seen each other for 44 years, until being reunited last month.

Anoop said: “My brother and I keep in touch regularly via email, but our lives are very different. He is a successful businessman and I am retired. We both led very hectic lives – I travelled a lot with my job as a troubleshooting engineer for a big company while Karan was busy establishing a successful accountancy firm in Melbourne. Up until this point, neither of us had the time to reconnect.”

Seeing his brother for the first time in more than 40 years was incredibly emotional.

Anoop said: “I was apprehensive before meeting Karan and felt nervous and a bit overwhelmed, but when I saw him standing there at the arrivals gate all my worries just disappeared. In the end, we just hugged each other – words weren’t necessary.”

Along with his youngest daughter, 24-year-old Krisha, Anoop spent more than four weeks with his brother and extended family, sightseeing and meeting some family members for the first time.

Anoop added: “So many things we just put off until tomorrow, but it’s important to take risks in life and do the things that make you happy – I have no regrets."