We’ve seen it before – twins growing up in two different families without knowing each other existed. It’s such a mind-boggling scenario that it’s no wonder it’s been the plot of movies and television shows.
But Molly Sinert discovered she was living this fictional-sounding scenario as a reality, and it was all thanks to some confusing DNA results.
Molly was born in South Korea and was adopted by an American family, growing up in Florida.
Little did she know that several thousands of miles away, also in America, her identical twin sister, Emily Bushnell, was growing up in Philadelphia.
Emily and Molly experienced their own beautiful childhoods, neither of them with a clue they had a sibling, let alone a twin.
It was only when Emily’s 11-year-old daughter pressed her to look into her ancestry that all was revealed.
In an ABC News interview, Isabel, Emily’s daughter, explained:
“I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”
Emily didn’t like the idea of taking the DNA test, so she let Isabel take one, knowing that she would still get plenty of answers from her daughter.
In a twist of fate, Isabel received her results almost at the same time as Molly, in Florida, who had also taken a DNA test.
At first, it was a little puzzling – as it predicted that Molly had a daughter.
Molly was confused initially, wondering whether the DNA test might have been faulty. She recalled:
“I clicked on the close relative and I didn’t understand it. [It said] ‘you share 49.96% DNA with this person. We predict that she’s your daughter’. This is obviously not right, because I’ve never gone into labor, I don’t have children.”