VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Two twin sisters separated at birth have finally found each other after 33 years thanks to a DNA test.
Amanda Dunford was only 7 or 8 years old when she learned she had a twin sister. Dunford had been adopted from South Korea; her adoptive mother told her the news, according to WTKR.
Many years later Dunford received this message: “It says you may be my sister.”'
“I just shot up out of my bed,” Dunford said. She remembered deciding to check her email one last time before bed that night, something she usually doesn’t do and it paid off. “I thought, ‘This is too easy.’ I felt like we were going to find each other when we were old and gray, and she could be in Korea.”
The message was sent by Katey Bennett, who works in hotels in sunny California. Dunford is a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, currently stationed in Virginia Beach. The two were separated at birth but reunited 33 years later.
By chance or fate, they both took a DNA test from 23andMe. Initially, it was to learn about their genetics and to see to which diseases or allergies they could be prone. Underneath, they were secretly hoping to find a blood relative.
Bennett, who had no idea she had a twin sister, was in disbelief when she got her test results.
“It just can’t be real," she said. "I had gone my whole life with such doubt I’d ever find anyone blood-related to me, that I… I didn’t want to be let down so it was easier to deny it and say it’s not real. Because I didn’t want to let my barriers down and really believe it."
But according to 23andMe, the women have a 100-percent DNA match.
“We missed 33 years of our lives together but I felt like we just picked it up so easily," Dunford said. "We have a lot to catch up on. It’s so effortless to talk to her."
The twins's first phone conversation lasted nine hours. Neither woman had ever spent that long on the phone with anyone. Not only is their DNA a match, but their interests are aligned as well.
Bennett laughed as she named one of them: “We both love Dolph Lundgren, this 80’s 90’s action star.”
“We like True Crime, the darker stuff,” Dunford said.
They also have the same mannerisms and share the same sense of humor.
“It’s crazy that you just have this instant love for someone and a connection,” Dunford said.