Two fraternal twin girls, who were adopted into separate families after their birth, met for the very first time last weekend.
Anna and Ella were abandoned by their birth parents in China in 2006. Their adoptive parents, who met during the adoption referral process, claim that the girls were found separately, one at a park and the other at a hospital's doorstep. But suspicion arose about a possible connection when Anna's mother, Karen Kandl, realized their daughters were born on the same day.
"Karen emailed me and said, 'You know, I noticed that our girls shared birthdays. Do you think it's a possibility that they are twins?'" Ella's mother, Teresa Cuares, told FOX Carolina.
The families kept in touch via Facebook over the years and noticed as the girls grew that there were similarities they could not ignore. A recent DNA test confirmed what they had long suspected: Anna and Ella are biological sisters.
They were reunited for the first time since their birth last Saturday when Ella's family took a detour to visit Anna in Cullowhee, N.C. on their way to vacation in Myrtle Beach. The sisters became fast friends.
"It's a connection we can't give her," Cuares told FOX Carolina. "It's something we can never ever provide, and now we have one."
Earlier this year, a chance sighting led to a reunion between Chinese twins who had been separated at birth 41 years ago.
In 2010, a pair of British twins who had been waiting to meet each other for 56 years finally had the reunion they'd always dreamed of.FOX Carolina 21