Imagine You’ve Met Your Sister 78 Years Later
It is not an everyday event to see two sisters reunite after 78 years of separation. Something like that happened recently in the city of Fullerton, California. Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel, twin sisters, were born in Aldershot, England, in 1936. Unfortunately, their mother was a domestic servant and she simply couldn’t afford to keep both babies, since the father abandoned them right after birth.
Ann was given up for adoption, and stayed in England, unaware that she has a twin sister. Last year she found out about Elizabeth, and felt like she was only dreaming about it. For Ann having a twin sister was like having another part of herself.
Elizabeth, who currently lives in Oregon, knew about having a long lost sister, but never thought they would actually reunite again. The one responsible for reunion is Ann’s daughter, Samantha Stacey.
Samantha sent a letter to her aunt Elizabeth, whose eyes “popped out” right after she opened the letter and realized it was a message from someone who is her own flesh and blood. For a year, sisters communicated via Skype, and finally met on May 1 in California. The sisters are planning to use this visit to learn as much as possible about each other, and take a look at some old photos.
Ann and Elizabeth are the world’s longest separated twins, and they both agreed to take part in California State University, Fullerton, study. This study investigates the nature of lives of reunited twins. Dr. Nancy Segal considers the idea of studying Ann and Elizabeth’s separation to be thrilling opportunity. This is a very important case for Dr. Segal and she made sure not to end up without it. Researchers are mainly interested in better understanding of the role that genes and environment play in human development.
There are some amazing similarities in Ann’s and Elizabeth’s life, they both are married to a Jim, and they both left school at the age 15. According to Ann, she is the one who is more talkative, while Elizabeth is more sensible. They don’t resemble each other in face, but their feet look alike, and they have noticed that they use their hands in a same manner.
“You wonder about someone and what they’re like and suddenly they’re here,” Elizabeth said commenting on their reunion, and continued “It’s a shock.” “It’s a shock and a joy,” Ann added.