Korean-born twin sisters living in the US have been reunited, just before their 36th birthdays.
Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell were separated at birth in South Korea, and neither knew of the other’s existence until earlier this year. Adopted by different Jewish families, Molly went to live in Florida while Emily was adopted by a family living in Pennsylvania.
Neither of the sisters had much information about their family background, but they were able to find each other thanks to DNA testing.
They have Emily’s 11 year old daughter, Isabel, to thank for finally bring them together. Speaking to Good Morning America, Isabel said: “I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”
Coincidentally, halfway across the country, Molly had also decided to take a DNA test to find out more about her health history. Both her and her niece received their DNA test results around the same time earlier this year.
Molly said: [The results said] “You share 49.96% DNA with this person. We predict that she’s your daughter. This is obviously not right, because I’ve never gone into labour, I don’t have children.”
Upon realizing their true relationship, the sisters spoke and exchanged photographs. But they decided not to have a video call until they’d seen each other in person.
After they met up for the first time in almost 36 years, Emily said: “This is the happiest moment of my life. I can honestly say that. I was robbed of the last 36 years of a life that I could have had with my twin. But at the same time I’m very grateful and excited for what lies ahead.”
Not only were the twin sisters both adopted by Jewish families, they soon learned that they shared other similarities too. Both sisters owned cats growing up, and even wore similar dresses, hairstyles and necklaces to prom!
“A hole was immediately filled in my heart”, said Emily. “Finding out that I had an identical twin sister just made everything so clear. It all makes sense.”
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