• Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DNA reunites S. Korean twins after 26 yrs

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Samantha Futerman (L) and her twin Anaïs Bordier. Photo: Telegraph
Samantha Futerman (L) and her twin Anaïs Bordier. Photo: Telegraph

DNA tests have proven that two women, given up for adoption in South Korea, but who reconnected 26 years later via the internet, are identical twins.

In a storyline that is straight out of Hollywood, Anais Bordier contacted Samantha Futerman by e-mail in February last year to say that the Los Angeles-based actress looked very similar to her, reports The Telegraph.

And the coincidences did not end there!

Bordier, who grew up in France but is now a fashion designer living in London, discovered that both women had been born on the same day, in the South Korean city of Busan and had both been adopted.

Bordier grew up with her adoptive parents in a suburb of Paris, while Futerman was raised in New Jersey, both completely unaware that they had a twin sister.

"I got a message on Facebook from a girl in London," Futerman said in an interview on Good Morning America. "It said she has seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city.

"When I saw her profile, it was crazy," she added. "She looked just like me."

The women have traveled to both of their adoptive countries and finally decided to carry out a DNA test to confirm what both of them believed already.

They decided to launch a Kick-starter campaign to raise the USD 80,000 required to produce a documentary following their reunion and the final confirmation that they are sisters.

"It was weird, but I feel like there was a strange calm and comfort as well and something that I can't really explain," Futerman said.

The two women have discovered they are both big fans of Harry Potter, the arts and many of the same television programmes, but both expressed a sense of lacking an unidentifiable part of their lives as they were growing up.

"I did feel like I missed something," Bordier said on the TV programme. "I had an imaginary friend when I was a kid ... and she was called Anne.

“I needed that comfort, I guess," she added.

Published: 1:54 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last modified: 8:49 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

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