Imagine learning that you have a long-lost twin when you are 35-years old. That’s exactly what happened to Emily Bushnell and Molly Sinert, who reunited on their 36th birthday.
Bushnell and Sinert were born in South Korea on March 29, 1985, and were individually adopted by different American families. It is unknown why the babies were separated. Bushnell grew up in Pennsylvania, while Sinert was raised in Florida. Ironically enough, both were raised by Jewish families. Most importantly, neither was aware of each other’s existence.
When Bushnell’s 11-year old daughter Isabel inquired about their family’s background and genetics, it prompted her mother to order a DNA testing kit. Bushnell herself didn’t take the test, but Isabel did. Isabel later 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, across the country, Sinert also took a DNA test and eventually her and her niece connected through the results. At first, Sinert was puzzled by the test results.
“[It 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 labor, I don’t have children.”Molly Sinert
What came next for Sinert was a moment was a long-awaited moment of healing.
“A hole was immediately filled in my heart. Although I have family who love me and adore me and have been absolutely wonderful, there was always a feeling of disconnection. Finding out that I had an identical twin sister just made everything so clear. It all makes sense.”Molly Sinert
The sister then got in-touch with one another and started texting, swapping stories and pictures. They found that even though they were disconnected for so long, they shared many things in common, even having worn similar outfits to their proms.
The two made a pact to avoid video-chatting and decided that their first face-to-face interaction would be in-person on their upcoming 36th birthday.
On their shared birthday in March, Bushnell and her daughter traveled to Florida to meet Sinert.
“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.”Emily Bushnell
The twins have already made plans for the future, planning an eventual trip to South Korea, and continuing to make new memories and catch up on lost time.