Forty-seven years ago, two Korean sisters were abandoned at a train station in South Korea. Separated and adopted by different families, they discovered one another and met in February thanks to a DNA test they both took with Israeli company MyHeritage.
Christine Panel and Kim Halen independently took the test to find their parents. Panel was abandoned when she was two years old. Halen was abandoned a few weeks later when she was just six weeks old. When they were found, they were taken to separate orphanages; Panel was adopted by a family in the US and Halen was adopted by a family in Belgium.
MyHeritage later told the two that they were siblings with the same mother and father, and orchestrated their reunion at the train station where they were both abandoned.
When the two met, they both hugged and cried, wiping away each other's tears. One sister eventually said, "You look beautiful."
"It's amazing," Halen said, "I thought I was going to explode," Panel said afterwards.
MyHeritage is the world's largest genealogy platform with a database of more than 4.3 million genetic matches based on DNA samples of 100 million registered users.
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