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Restored message voiced by man’s late wife moves him to tears

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MIRFIELD, England — Comforted by the sound of her voice, Stan Beaton had kept a message his late wife recorded for their voicemail since 2003. However, BBC reports that telecom work by Virgin Media ended with the message getting deleted.

Beaton told BBC she died from cancer, and he lost her message back in December.

“In the early day [I listened to it] quite often. In December I learned that it had disappeared. I just could not tell people how it affected me at that time. It really did devastate me,” Beaton said.

So he called Virgin Media in hopes that it could be restored. An executive director for engineering said the quest to find it was like searching for a needle in a haystack.

“The chances of its recovery were slim, but the missing file containing Ruby’s voice was found on Friday,” Rob Evans told BBC.

Needless to say, the widower was overjoyed.

“Just a wonderful, wonderful sound that I thought was lost forever,” Beaton said.

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