After nearly 80 years, twin sisters meet each other for first time

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(May 5, 2014) – Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel have a lot of catching up to do.

The twin sisters were separated for nearly 80 years but have now met each other for the first time. They were born in 1936, but their mother couldn’t care for both of them and gave one up for adoption. Hunt lives in England; her sister lives in Oregon. They’re believed to be fraternal twins.

Hunt never knew she had a twin until her adoptive mother died and she began searching for her birth mother. Hamel was raised as an only child. She found out about her twin from one of Hunt’s daughters, who tracked her down and sent her a letter.

Last week, the sisters met for the first time in 78 years in California. They said they’re focused on getting to know one another.