Korean Sisters Separated 40 Years Ago Met at Work in Fla.

Adopted by different US families, sisters ended up working on same hospital floor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2015 9:57 AM CDT
Korean Sisters Separated 40 Years Ago Met at Work in Fla.
In this Sept. 22, 2015, photo, sisters Meagan Hughes, left, and Holly Hoyle O'Brien pose for a photo at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in Sarasota, Fla.   (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)

We've heard remarkable stories before about long-lost siblings being reunited, but this one is unlike any other. Two orphaned sisters from South Korea who were separated more than 40 years ago and adopted by different US families met by accident working for the same Florida hospital, during the same shift, on the same floor, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Holly Hoyle O'Brien was adopted by an American family in 1978 at the age of 9, the AP notes, a few years after her father died and her stepmother had fled with her younger half-sister. While O'Brien was growing up in Virginia, younger sister Meagan Hughes also was orphaned and was adopted by a family from Kingston, NY. O'Brien knew she had a sister, and her adoptive family tried to help track her down, but they had no luck. "But in my heart, I knew … she was out there somewhere," she tells the paper.

Fast-forward a few decades, after both had married, divorced, and started careers as certified nursing assistants. Somehow, both were hired earlier this year at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota—working the same 12-hour shift on the same floor, per the Herald-Tribune. They became fast friends and realized how stunningly similar their backgrounds were. "I said, we've got to do [a] DNA test," O'Brien recalls. They did, and the results were positive. "I was trembling, I was so excited," O'Brien tells the paper, with Hughes adding, "I was in shock, I was numb. I have a sister." They're still reeling, with O'Brien now an instant aunt to her sister's two daughters. "Everything had to happen just right for them to meet, and the odds of that were like a miracle," a friend of Hughes' who helped get her the job at Doctors, tells the Herald-Tribune. Read their entire story here. (This mom found a daughter she was told died 50 years ago.)

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