Sisters reunite after 40 years — while working at same US hospital

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  • Holly Hoyle O’Brien and Meagan Hughes were orphaned sisters separated from an orphanage in South Korea
  • The sisters w ere adopted by two different families in America
  • The two coincidentally worked as nurses at the same floor of a hospital in Florida
  • A DNA test confirmed their biological relationship

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Two sisters were orphaned as children and separated in the 1970s from their hometown in South Korea. Forty years later, the siblings were reunited after they ended up working as nurses on the same floor of a hospital in Florida.

In a report by Nick Allen for The Telegraph on October 12, the siblings were adopted by two different American families after their father died when he was hit by a train. One of the sisters, Holly Hoyle O’Brien, was adopted from a South Korean orphanage when she was nine years old. She grew up in an American family living in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I have a sister, we need to find her,” O’Brien remembered telling her parents after waking up in the middle of the night. Her adoptive mother communicated with the orphanage in Korea; unfortunately, they have no record of O’Brien’s biological sister.

The 46-year-old O’Brien then started working in the fourth floor of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Sarasota, Florida as a nurse in their surgical unit.  After two months, a woman named Meagan Hughes also began working on the same floor as a physical therapy assistant.

“One of the patients told me there was another nurse named Meagan who was from Korea. She said you should talk to her, maybe you’re from the same town,” O’Brien said; remembering how they connected instantly like they knew each other for long time.

Photo Credit: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Photo Credit: The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“I’m like, this can’t be. I was trembling, I was so excited, I was ecstatic,” O’Brien said; describing how she felt when DNA tests confirmed they are sisters.

“In my heart, I knew, I knew she was out there somewhere,” O’Brien added.

Hughes, who now has two children of her own, said she has few memories of being in an orphanage. She was adopted by a different American family and grew up in Kingston, New York, which is 300 miles from her sister.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune also narrated how the sisters met at the hospital, where they were working at the same 12-hour shift. While talking, the two noticed the coincidences about their backgrounds, such as both of them being from an orphanage in South Korea.

“I said we’ve got to do the DNA test, it’s the only way we’ll get the truth out of the whole thing,” O’Brien said.

“When I heard from Holly my first reaction was like ‘Oh my God’. I was in shock, I was numb. I have a sister,” Hughes said.