The clip at the top of this post shows the moment 10-year-old twin sisters Gracie and Audrey meet for the first time, burst into tears and embrace.
The girls were born in China and were adopted by two different American families shortly after birth.
Audrey’s adopted mum Jennifer Doering, who lives in Wisconsin. was the one who discovered that her daughter had a twin.
Late last year she wanted to get a meaningful Christmas gift for Audrey, so she and her husband Tom decided that they would try to find Audrey’s “finding ad” (an advertisement published in the newspaper in China once a baby is placed in an orphanage).
After hitting a lot of dead ends, the couple contacted a Chinese website specialising in finding information on adoptees and offered to pay for a copy of the advert. Jennifer also noticed that the website had a photo of her daughter and she paid for that too. When it arrived, she was in for a shock – in the photo, there was not one, but two babies perched on a woman’s knee. And the two little girls shared a striking resemblance.
Once they recovered from the shock, Jennifer and Tom spent two days scouring old posts on adoption forums and stumbled across the Rainsberry family. Jennifer reached out to Nicole Rainsberry on Facebook.
Jennifer learned that the Rainsberrys, who live in Washington State, had adopted a little girl name Gracie who had also been found in Jiangxi in Central China on the same day as Audrey. The two girls were placed in the same orphanage. Chinese officials gave Audrey an estimated birthday of April 28, 2006, and Gracie an estimated birthday of April 23. Both girls have significant congenital heart issues.
Jennifer was in shock.
“Oh, it was unbelievable. I’m like, ‘How?’ I mean, this is stuff you read about … how could it really be that there are two of them?” she said.
“I mean, it’s hard to process that information,” Nicole Rainsberry added. “It was so crazy to be looking at what looked like Gracie, but knowing that it wasn’t Gracie.”
The two girls originally connected a few days after the discovery on Face Time.
The families told the Tri City Herald that the girl’s looked so much alike, even they had trouble picking them apart in photos. They also said that they had the same mannerisms and quirks, despite being separated as babies.
The girls finally met in person for the first time on US TV show Good Morning America on Wednesday.
“It’s very overwhelming,” Gracie said, of seeing and touching her twin sister for the first time in 10 years.
Audrey said when she heard that she had a twin, “I thought my parents were, like, playing a joke on me.”
But now for Audrey, it feels like things have fallen into place.
“It felt like there was somebody missing … now, it’s complete.”