In 1936, a pregnant single woman in England made the difficult decision to give up one of her newborns, separating fraternal twins. Now 78 years later, Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were reunited.
In what was a world-record breaking event, twins Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel met face-to-face for the first time since they were separated at birth 78 years ago, according to the BBC.
Both were born to a single mother who couldn't afford to raise the twins. Her plan was to put both babies up for adoption, but Hamel had a curvature of the spine that prevented her from being adopted.
At 14, Hunt found out she was adopted but never searched for information about her birth mother until 2001, when her adopted mother died. At the request of her mother, Hunt's daughter Samantha began searching for more information about her family. Then in 2013 they found out Hunt was a twin.
When Hamel received letter of the news from Hunt, she noticed the return address was listed as the town where she was born in the UK, so she opened it immediately. With Hamel living in Oregon and Hunt still in the UK, the two were only able to communicate through Skype and other electronic means up until they met in person for the first time on Thursday -- breaking the Guinness World Record for longest gap between separated twins meeting for the first time.
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