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15 Identical Twins Separated at Birth

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The relationship between siblings is often the most confusing yet absolutely heartwarming relationships. Siblings fight their way through childhood but yet are viciously protective of each other and always have each other’s backs. Even more fascinating is the bond between identical twins. It is mesmerizing that not only they look like mirror images, but they also have habits they are so much alike. It’s like they are two striking personalities of one single human being altogether. Let us look at the stories of 15 identical twins separated at birth.

1. SIAM AND FABIENNE

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In the year 2014, Siam, who was a striving restaurateur at the time, made a shocking discovery through her friend’s older sister. The sister informed Siam that she had come across someone on facebook who looked exactly like her. It sparked Siam’s curiosity and she added Fabienne on Facebook. Even though Fabienne ignored her request initially, they soon began speaking over messages. They discovered that they have way too much in common like interests and blood group to not be related. Siam suggested that they might be twins and when they finally met up, the encounter was teary-eyed and full of love.

2. ELYSE SCHEIN AND PAULA BERNSTEIN

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These identical twin sisters were part of a rather controversial scientific experiment. They were separated at birth when their mentally unstable mother put them up for adoption at birth. A well-sought psychologist decided to send the twins to different homes so that he could study the effects of nature versus nurture on them. When New York made it mandatory for adoption agencies to keep identical twins together, the psychologist thought better and decided that continuing with his experiment might end up in n uncalled for controversy. The sisters met each other again after 35 years of separation after learning the truth. They even penned down a book together that described their similarities despite being away from each other for so long.

3. SAMANTHA FUTERMAN AND ANAIS BORDIER

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How would you feel if you were randomly watching videos on YouTube and suddenly come across someone who looks exactly like you? You might be blown away and start wondering if she is your doppelganger but what if you knew that you had a twin somewhere? This is the unbelievable story of two long lost twin sisters. Anais came across Samantha through YouTube and then reached out to her. They started talking on Facebook and found out that they share the same birthdays and birthplaces. A DNA test confirmed that they are indeed twins.

4. DAPHNE GOODSHIP AND BARBARA HERBERT

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This story of Daphne and Barbara is sure to leave you speechless. When the twins’ single mother committed suicide, the sisters were adopted into different British families. They reunited after four decades when they were 41 years old. What’s even more striking is how similar their life experiences were. The resemblance was simply too astounding to be coincidental. Both of them dropped out of school at the same age, both were government employees, both crossed paths with their husbands at the same age and even miscarried in the same month. Their other resemblances were that they used the same brand of products, both liked their coffee cold and they both have heart murmurs.

5. JIM SPRINGER AND JIM LEWIS

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Funnily enough, these brothers were both adopted into families who named both of them James. Even though both of them knew that they had twins, Lewis was least bothered about finding his brother and Springer was told that his twin perished. Fortunately, Lewis thought better and finally tracked down his twin. They reconnected and identified exactly how much they had in common. Both were married twice to ladies with the same names, both owned dogs when they were children named “Toy” and both even drove the same branded cars!

6. ELIZABETH HAMMEL AND ANN HUNT

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Unlike the other twin pairs who met in their adulthood, this sister duo met each other at the frail age of 78. They lived an unfortunate and wistful eternity away from their other half. Elizabeth searched for her long lost sister for a long time but her efforts were futile. It was Ann’s daughter Samantha who reunited the two after she started investigating her mother’s family background on her request. Samantha wrote Elizabeth a letter and instantly after the letter was read, the sisters were on the phone with each other. These sisters have a Guinness Book Record for the longest gap away from a twin.

7. JACK YUFE AND OSKAR STOHR

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Jack and Oskar did not separate at birth, but rather when their parents got divorced. Oskar was raised in Germany where he was a part of the Nazi movement while Jack was brought up in Trinidad as a Jewish. They met in their early adulthood when they were 21 years old. Fascinatingly, they were immediately freaked out about how similar they were. Despite being brought up in families that had beliefs miles away from each other, they were both clad in similar jackets and had receding hairlines when they first met.

8. ADRIANA SCOTT AND TAMARA RABI

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This tale of two sisters is straight out of a movie. The two twin sisters were separated at birth and were unaware of each other’s existence. Coincidentally, they both ended up studying at the same school. A mutual acquaintance brought them together when they came across one of the twins and were shocked, to say the least. They started querying and all the pieces fell in its place. Adriana and Tamara were spellbound to find each other but did not take time to become friends. Like all others, they too discovered their countless similarities.

9. EMILIE FALK AND LIN BACKMAN

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These sisters separated from an orphanage at Semarang, Indonesia, when different Swedish couples adopted them. There were no mentions of them having a twin in their documentation and hence both the twins and their families were in the dark. However, the taxi driver that escorted the Backmans from the orphanage asked them about the other sister. This sparked their curiosity but they couldn’t find anything as the documents suggested the girls’ father’s names to be different. After Emilie grew older, she had a sudden interest in her roots and she quickly found Lin. A DNA test proved that they were indeed long lost, twins.

10. ZENG YONG AND LIU YONGGANG

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This is another story where a friend played a role in reuniting long lost twins. As Huang Yong was dining at a restaurant, he came across someone who looked like the mirror image of his friend, Zeng Yong. He sparked conversation with the stranger Liu Younggang informing him about his friend and instantly put the two in contact over the phone. After a lengthy conversation that was quite informative and discovery of the fact that they had the same birthdays, they met and tracked down their birth mother. Their birth mother informed them that she had to give them up due to extreme poverty.

11. UNNAMED SPANISH TWINS

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Most of the twins included in this list were separated knowingly for various reasons but this twin pair separated completely accidentally. The hospital in Gran Canaria, where they were born, switched one of the twins with another baby accidentally. One of the twin sister’s friends was performing as a salesman when the other twin walked in. He cheerfully attempted to greet her with a kiss in the cheek mistaking her to be his friend when she politely refused. He called his friend for double checking and she assured him that it wasn’t her at the store. The next time when the other twin visited the store, the friend arranged a meeting between the two sisters.

12. DEBBIE MEHLMAN AND SHARON POSET

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This sister duo spent four decades away from each other and only met to discover their uncanny similarities. Their mother gave them away as when the first sister came she was under the impression that she would only be giving birth to one child and gave her away to a family when the second one came, she gave her up to another family as well. One of the sisters took help from a private investigator and fortunately found her sister. They ended up discovering that they were creepily similar, thanks to their ditto facial expressions, same voice, and even same hand gestures.

13. ANNA KANDL AND ELLA CUARES

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Very sadly, the parents of these twins abandoned them at birth, leaving one of them at a park and another at the hospital doorstep in 2006. Both of the girls’ adoptive parents came across each other through the adoption referral process and then kept in touch through Facebook. Karen, Anna’s adoptive mom, started noticing how bizarrely similar the girls were when they started growing up. She also previously had the knowledge that they had the same birth date and pieced the fact together that they were twins.  A DNA test instantly confirmed her suspicion and Anna and Ella reunited in 2013.

14. UNNAMED TWINS THAT MARRIED EACH OTHER

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This story is plain cringy. This set of twins did not reunite in the conventional or predictable way. They twins met each other when they grew up, fell in love and even married each other. Imagine their shock when they found out the bitter truth about their relationship weeks later.  They were quick to get an annulment but we can’t imagine the trauma they must have gone through. Chris Atkins, a part of the Adult’s Affected by Adoption organization suggested that this might have happened owing to a phenomenon called genetic sexual attraction.

15. JORGE AND CARLOS CASTRO AND WILLIAM AND WILBER VELASCO

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This is a phenomenal case of hospital mistakenly mixing up two sets of twins. Basically, each set of brothers were raised as fraternal twins without having the slightest knowledge about the fact that they were actually living away from their biological twin. When the four eventually discovered each other, Wilber said that it didn’t matter who he was related to biologically and that William is his only brother. But when the four finally met face to face, they let the ice melt and decided to be four brothers instead.

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