Being separated from family members at a young age is something most of us would not understand. There are so many questions and a lot left unknown. Two orphaned sisters who were separated as children in South Korea in the 1970s have been miraculously reunited after they coincidentally ended up working as nurses on the same floor of a hospital in Florida.
The sisters were adopted by different American families after their father died when he was hit by a train. Holly Hoyle O’Brien, who was adopted from a South Korean orphanage at the age of nine, grew up with an American family in Alexandria. Virginia.
After nightmares of her sister who was left behind, her adoptive mother contacted the orphanage in an attempt to find the sister. The orphanage could find no record of a biological sister. Now 46, O’Brien, began working as a nurse in the surgical unit on the fourth floor of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Sarasota, Florida.
Two months later a woman called Meagan Hughes, a physical therapy assistant, began work on the same floor. The two said they instantly connected and after conversations of where they were from, questions aroused. DNA tests subsequently confirmed the two women were sisters.
O’Brien had been born Pok-nam Shin, and her sister Hughes’ birth name was Eun-Sook. They were half-sisters with the same father but different mothers. Even though the orphanage in Pusan, South Korea had no record of Eun-Sook her half-O’Brien never gave up looking for her.
Hughes now has two children of her own, was adopted by a different American family, and grew up in Kingston, New York. The sisters were working the same 12-hour shift, and immediately noticed coincidences about their backgrounds and where they were from.
What are the odds? Call it sisterly bond, call it magical; we are happy these sisters have reunited.
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