It sounds like a movie plot: Two orphaned sisters separated as children in South Korea find each other decades later on the other side of the world, working at the same Florida hospital.
But this really happened.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Holly Hoyle O'Brien, 46, and Meagan Hughes, 44, became fast friends at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, where they both work the 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. shift in the medical surgical unit.
"One of the patients told me there was another nurse, named Meagan, who was from Korea," O'Brien said. "She said, 'You should talk to her. Maybe you're from the same town.'"
The more O'Brien and Hughes talked, the more things they discovered they had in common. Both women were orphaned as children in the 1970s. Both were adopted by American families. Both even shared the same family name: Hughes was born Eun-Sook Shin, and O'Brien's birth name was Pok-nam Shin. Plus, O'Brien was haunted by memories of a younger sister.
"I was like, 'This is too good to be true,'" O'Brien said. "I said, 'We've got to do the DNA test; it's the only way we'll get the truth out of the whole thing."
The pair sent DNA samples to a lab in Canada. The results confirmed their suspicions.
"I was trembling," O'Brien said. "I was so excited. I was ecstatic."
"When I heard from Holly, my first reaction was like, 'Oh my god,'" Hughes added. "I was in shock. I was numb. I have a sister."
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.