Do you have a brother or sister that you couldn't imagine being separated from? Typically, your siblings are the first friends that you have and a lot of people tend to remain close with their siblings throughout their entire life. Now, imagine being separated from the person that you shared your mother's womb with? That's right, imagine being separated from your twin. Most people can't fathom that happening to them and it sounds like it's just a made up story that you'd find in a tabloid, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Surprisingly, there is an overwhelming number of stories about twins who were separated from each other at birth. Keep reading to learn about 12 different sets of twins who were taken away from each other before they could even walk.
Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
Imagine looking for your birth mother, only to find out that there's a bigger secret. Elyse Schein was 35 when she contacted the adoption agency that handled her case. She was looking for information about her birth mother, but she discovered that she actually had a twin sister! The agency contacted Paula Bernstein and gave her Elyse's contact information. The twins met and eventually wrote a book together.
"Identical Strangers" is about their journey of meeting someone who had the same exact DNA. To write their book, the twins met with the psychologist who purposely kept them separated so he could study them. It would turn out that the psychologist wasn't apologetic whatsoever for keeping them apart. Fortunately, New York state began requiring that adoption agencies kept siblings together in the early 1908s.
Can you imagine scrolling through a popular website and finding someone that looks exactly like you?
Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier
Thanks to advances in technology, social media is playing a huge part in reuniting family members who were separated from one another. Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier were born in South Korea, but they were adopted by families that lived in two completely different countries. Anais, who was living in London at the time, was spending time watching YouTube videos when she saw a video that changed her life.
Anais had been watching Samantha's YouTube channel when she noticed that they looked remarkably similar. Samantha was an actress, living in Los Angeles, California, when she was contacted by Anais. After doing a bit of digging, Anais found out that they shared the same birthday and were both adopted shortly after they were born.
It didn't take long for the women to realize that they were twins. Eventually, they created a documentary in 2015 about their lives called "Twinsters."
William Cañas Velasco and Jorge Enrique Bernal Castro
The story of William Cañas Velasco and Jorge Enrique Bernal Castro begins in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2013. One day, two women walked into a butcher shop to pick up some groceries. One of the women greeted her friend, William, who was standing behind the counter. Confused, the other woman couldn't help but notice that the man the woman called William looked just like a man named Jorge who worked in her office.
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Later, the woman showed William's picture to Jorge the next time she saw him. Jorge began to look through William's pictures on Facebook, and just like the woman, he couldn't get over the fact that they looked so much alike. As Jorge scrolled through the pictures, each one confusing him even more, he stumbled across one picture that changed his life forever.
Carlos Alberto Bernal Castro and Wilber Cañas Velasco
Looking back at him was a picture of what looked like himself and his fraternal twin. William and Jorge both grew up with their fraternal twin brothers, Carlos Alberto Bernal Castro and Wilber Cañas Velasco. But thanks to the woman in the butcher shop, they realized that they had been living a lie their entire lives. When Carlos was born, he had digestive problems so he was moved to the Bogotá Hospital, where the other set of twins was staying. Unfortunately, Carlos was somehow switched with William during that short period of time.
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When the four men figured out that they had been switched at birth, they were 24 years of age. Now, all four of them are working through the process of finally getting to know each other.
The Jim Twins
Studies show that twins who are separated at birth still share a remarkable amount of character traits. Take, for example, the twins who were separated at birth, Jim Springer and Jim Lewis. "The Jim Twins" didn't find each other until they were 39. Ironically, they had been living 40 miles away from each other in the state of Ohio their entire lives. Even though they had spent their whole lives not knowing one another, they still followed extremely similar paths.
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They were both married to women named Linda, and when they divorced, they each got married again to women named Betty. They both suffered from horrible headaches, drove blue Chevrolets, and smoked Salem cigarettes. They also named their firstborn sons James Alan and James Allan. It would seem that all of these similarities are more than just coincidence.