Twins separated 78 years reunited in Oregon

ALBANY, Ore. - A pair of long lost twins have found each other again after seven decades apart. The two women were separated as babies, one growing up in Britain, the other in the U.S.

They talk like sisters, ones who have known each other their entire lives, but these twins just met for the first time in 78 years.

Both were born in England in 1936. When their father left, their unmarried mother made a difficult decision. She raised Elizabeth Hamel, but put Ann Hunt up for adoption.

"My mum, she doted on me, so I was a lucky child really," said Ann.

It wasn't until about a year ago, with a push from her own daughter, that Ann did a little digging. Together, they found she had a twin sister now living in Oregon. So Ann wrote a letter and sent it off to Elizabeth in Albany.

"I received this letter. I opened it right away," said Elizabeth. "Dear Mrs. Elizabeth Hamel, I'm writing to you as I'm searching for a family connection."

After that, a little talking and a lot of traveling brought them face to face just a few days ago.

"It was really, really, you know, made everything tick," said Ann.

And now, they say they won't let distance or time separate them again.

"We don't watch the future, do we sister?" said Ann.

"Oh you can't tell what's going to happen in the future, but I'm sure we'll keep in touch for the rest of our lives," said Elizabeth.

Ann's daughter actually made the discovery that her mother had a long lost twin sister while doing genealogical research.


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