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DNA Testing Helps Reunite Sisters Separated at Birth During World War II [Video]



What You Need To Know!

  • Two sisters separated at birth during World War II were finally reunited after 75 years, with the help of DNA testing.
  • Adopted in the UK as an infant in 1946, Sheila discovered she had a half-sister living in the Netherlands through DNA testing.
  • The sisters met for the first time last year and were amazed by their similarities in hobbies and medical complaints.

After 75 years, two sisters who were separated at birth during World War II have finally reunited. Adopted in the UK as an infant in 1946, Sheila Fry had no knowledge of her birth parents.

However, thanks to the efforts of her daughter-in-law Karen and Annie Ijpelaar’s son Marc, the sisters were able to track each other down through DNA testing.

Annie, who was born just a few months after Sheila to the same father, had been living in the Netherlands.

The sisters were overjoyed to finally meet each other, with Sheila remarking that it was “like looking in the mirror and talking to myself”. They were amazed at how much they had in common, including hobbies and medical complaints.

Sheila had always known she was adopted, with her parents telling her that she was “special because mummy and daddy picked me”. Despite the eight-year search for her birth father being unsuccessful, the sisters were grateful to have found each other at last.