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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.
admits she was happy in her Virginia home with her new parents and nine siblings,
she never forgot about her sister.
she tearfully approached her parents saying, "My daddy died, I have a
sister, we need to find her."
and her adoptive mother began the search for her sister but after contacting
the orphanage they were told there was no record available.
in my heart, I knew," said O'Brien, now 46 told CTV News. "I knew she was out there
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.
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
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.
heard the news she said, "I was in shock, I was numb. I have a
does not have children of her own, she is now a proud aunt to two nieces.
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.