Twin Sisters Reunite After 78 Years Apart

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2014   |   1:12PM   |   Washington, DC

Here is a celebration of life you don’t see every day… here at LifeNews we often talk about the importance of fetal development and, for twins, the bond created in the womb is especially remarkable.

That bond created before birth is even more amazing when you consider that twin sisters Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were last together in their mother’s womb 78 years ago. Separated by an ocean and a lifetime apart, they were reunited last week.

From AP:

twinsistersHunt, who lives in England, was given up for adoption and only learned she had a twin when she began looking for her birth mother after her adopted mother died.

Hamel, who lives in Oregon, always knew she had a twin but says she never thought she would see her.

“How lovely to see you in the flesh,” Hamel said, as she embraced her sister at a hotel in Fullerton.

The women were to spend the next day undergoing testing at the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, with professor Nancy Segal, who researches twins who were raised apart to better understand the role of genes and environment in human development.

Both women were born in Aldershot, England, in 1936. Their mother, a domestic servant, decided to give up one of the girls after their birth father fled. Hamel said she kept her because she was born with curvature of the spine, which would have made it more difficult for her to be adopted.