FAMILY & PARENTING

Long-Lost Sisters Holly And Meagan Reconnect In The Most Unlikely Of Settings

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

You’ve probably heard it a million times: Someone tells you a ridiculous story, and before you can protest, they cap it off with the same tired old cliché: “You know, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.”

Irritating though it may be, this line is hackneyed for a reason — there are scenarios so baffling and unlikely as to be almost unbelievable, as we saw in the case of these twins reunited after eight decades.

In fact, there’s something of a genre evolving around these cases of long-lost siblings who were separated at birth, oftentimes through adoption. Adoption rates worldwide spiked in the latter half of the twentieth century, and it’s easier for biological siblings to track one another down with the growth of social media, like these twins who found each other on Facebook.

Sometimes, however, social media doesn’t even come into the picture. Such was the case for a pair of women working the same shift as nursing assistants at a Sarasota-area hospital.

Holly Hoyle O’Brien and Meagan Hughes were hired just a few months apart, and quickly started a friendship while working together on the 4th floor of Doctors Hospital. But as they became closer friends and learned more about one another, they were struck by a series of unlikely coincidences.

Both women were born in the same city in Korea and adopted in the U.S.; they had the same family name, Shin; and Holly, the elder, had vague recollections of a little girl she once lived with. They decided to take a DNA test, just in case… What they discovered? Watch the video below for their story, which is truly “stranger than fiction!”

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