Adopted Woman's Search For Sister Led Her Around US, Found Her Next Door
Two sisters, each adopted, reunited for the first time in nearly 10 years. "As soon as I had that picture, I was desperate to find out who that. Miracle Meeting: A Michigan woman meets her doppelganger who turns out to be her long lost sister Audio Track. Fullscreen. This is a Molly knew she'd been adopted when she was nine months old. sister? So, right then and there on the bus, Dee snapped a picture of Melanie and sent it to Molly. WATCH Woman discovers sister she never met lives right next door Harris had been adopted as an infant by her parents Lee Hardy and.
The family albums are filled with photographs of young Kati winning sports tournaments, practising the viola and piano, travelling across America on family and school trips, and generally looking healthy and outdoorsy, wearing a smile that shows off her perfect American teeth.
To Qian, that is awful. Qian finds it unbelievable that working part time can be part of growing up in a wealthy country like America. Xu, wiry, weather-beaten, with an irrepressible good humour, was born in He finished junior high school and moved in to Hangzhou, a five-hour drive away.
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The only work the year-old could find was collecting household scraps. But he worked hard and saved enough money to return home a few years later and marry Qian, a fellow villager. The two set up home in a rented room in one of many rudimentary cottages on the outskirts of Hangzhou housing migrant workers. They were so far removed from public services that when Qian went into labour with Xiaochen, Xu had to put her in the back of a delivery tricycle and pedal for miles to the hospital. Still, the couple made the best of things and dreamed of having a better life some day.
With their optimism came the idea of giving Xiaochen a sibling. The one-child policy led to more than million abortions, many of which were forced, an unknown number of female infanticides, a terrifyingly efficient spying system and the heavy fines and extortion that served as punishment for those who exceeded their quota.
By then, Qian was five or six months pregnant and it was too late for an abortion. The couple now own a business selling second-hand white goods as well as a comfortable, two-bedroom flat.
But theirs is still a hard life. Xiaochenhas a full-time job but her parents still start work every day at 7am and never take a day off, except over Lunar New Year.
Miracle Meeting: A Michigan woman meets her doppelganger who turns out to be her long lost sister
They have never even been to Yangzhou, let alone outside Jiangsu province. Qian runs the shop — a sectioned-off area in a vast, open-air electrical appliances wholesale market that is bitterly cold in the winter.
She waits for business as she shuffles between rows of washing machines, flat-screen televisions and refrigerators her husband has acquired and upcycled.
It all came as a bit of a shock for the humble couple to find themselves on national television in He said he could ask a friend called Annie Wu to try and find the birth parents on the bridge. But it was important to us that the birth parents knew their daughter was adopted by a family who love her very much and provide her with a good home.
Having checked there were no distressed parents to be seen, she was getting ready to leave when she noticed a television crew filming on the bridge. Maybe just a little? Then one day last year, a strange thing happened.
A couple moved in next door to the home Harris and her husband own in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The woman's name was Dawn, and she was from Greenwood, Wisconsin, the same place Harris' sister lived, according to the adoption file.
Harris ran to her husband, Lance Harris, who had spent years helping her try to track down her sister. Her name is Dawn! She didn't know Dawn's last name, but she would see her often, as their two houses share a single driveway.
Harris would watch Dawn from a distance as she and her partner, Kurt Casperson, worked on their fixer-upper. As an introvert, Harris, 31, didn't chat much with the new neighbors. Also, Dawn, 50, was older than Harris.
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I didn't want to be nosy and pry into her life. The couples would say "hello" in passing but never got to know each other. Then, last August, Dawn and Kurt got a huge delivery of shingles for their roof. Draped over their delivery in the shared driveway was a large red banner with a name. Her neighbor was named Dawn Johnson? I called Lance right away and said: Her last name is Johnson. It's got to be her. It's got to be. The clues were adding up that she was probably the woman Harris had been searching for.
Back in toone of her routes was from Flint to Chicago. And Flint native Melanie Russell was a regular. Dee kept telling Melanie that she looked like her friend Molly. She said they also had the same mannerisms, build, and hairstyles. Look-alikes lived just miles apart The doppelganger was Molly Levine of Saline. Her married name is now Richardson.
She and Dee had met years before driving school buses for Saline Area Schools. She had shared her adoption story with Dee years ago. Long Lost Sister As for Melanie, she had learned as a teenager that her single mother had given up a baby girl for adoption when she was And she added that every July th after that was tough. My best friend is bi-racial, and she's adopted. The question burned in her brain.
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Could this doppelganger Dee was talking about be her long lost sister? So, right then and there on the bus, Dee snapped a picture of Melanie and sent it to Molly. Then Dee called Molly on her cell — putting her on speaker.
- Adopted woman searches for her long-lost sister only to learn she's living next door
- Adopted woman spends years searching for long-lost sister before discovering she lives next door
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