Twin sisters, who were separated at birth in South Korea and adopted by two different American families, have recently learned that they are identical twins and reunited for the first time on their 36th birthday.
The identical twins, Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell spent most of their lives totally unaware of their sister’s existence.
Neither Sinert nor Bushnell had very much information about their birth family, but were able to find each other thanks to DNA tests and met face-to-face for the first time in 36 years.
Now 36, the women were surprised to learn that they each had a twin out there in the world, and to celebrate their birthday this year they met face-to-face for the first time since they were born.
It’s unknown why the two women had been separated as babies, but both managed to end up thousands of miles away in the US within a few months of their birth.
Both twins were adopted by Jewish families in the US when they were just a few months old. Sinert went to live in Florida, while Bushnell‘s family were from Pennsylvania.
Part of the reason they were able to reunite was because Bushnell’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabel, wanted to find out more about her mother’s family history.
The young child told Good Morning America;
“I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”
Meanwhile halfway across the US, Sinert also decided she wanted to take a DNA test to find out more about her history.
“I clicked on the close relative and I didn’t understand it.”
[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.’ she said.
It didn’t take long for Sinert to figure out the results were connecting to her twin’s daughter.
The sisters were able to chat from afar and shared pictures, but decided not to have a video call until they met in person.