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Orphan Sisters From South Korea Reunited While Working At Florida Hospital

Holly Hoyle O'Brian witnessed the death of her biological father in South Korea when she was 6 years old. The woman she knew as her stepmother had abandoned the family years earlier, taking her younger half-sister with her. According to CTV News, after being sent to live in an orphanage at the age of 9, she was adopted by an American couple and brought to the United States.

Although O'Brian admits she was happy in her Virginia home with her new parents and nine siblings, she never forgot about her sister.

One night she tearfully approached her parents saying, "My daddy died, I have a sister, we need to find her."

O'Brian and her adoptive mother began the search for her sister but after contacting the orphanage they were told there was no record available.

"But in my heart, I knew," said O'Brien, now 46 told CTV News. "I knew she was out there somewhere."

Earlier this year, O'Brian was hired at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota., working on the fourth floor with the medical surgical unit. Shortly after she was hired a patient mentioned to her that another nurse who had been recently hired was also from Korea. The patient encouraged O'Brian to talk to her to see if they were from the same town.

When O'Brian met Meagan Hughes, a physical therapy assistant, the two shared an instant connection. Hughes told Meagan that she barely remembered her mother or the Korean orphanage where she lived until she was adopted by an American family who brought her to live in Kingston, New York.

After months of comparing more details that coincided, the pair finally decided to take a DNA test to see if their suspicions were correct. This summer they were astounded to find that the two nurses were long-lost sisters.

When Hughes heard the news she said, "I was in shock, I was numb. I have a sister."

While O'Brien does not have children of her own, she is now a proud aunt to two nieces.

"I have this very strong belief that God must be ... like, whatever I've done, I must've done something good in my life," O'Brien said through tears.

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