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Twins first met after 78 years

One of them lives in England, was given up for adoption and found out she had a twin when she began to find her biological mother after her adoptive mother died. The other lives in Oregon, United States

It's been 78 years since Ann Hunt and Elizabeth Hamel were together the last time, in the womb of his mother.

The twins met last week for the first time since its inception in Fullerton, California, thanks to the efforts of their children and with the help of a professor of psychology week, the newspaper reported Sunday Orange County Register

Hunt, who lives in England, was given up for adoption and found out she had a mate only when she began to find her biological mother after her adoptive mother died.

Hamel, Oregon resident, always knew she had a twin, but said she never thought she would see.

"It's great to see you in person," Hamel said to hug her sister in a hotel in Fullerton.

Women would spend the next day doing tests at the Center for Twin Studies of California State University with Professor Nancy Segal, who investigates twins who were reared apart to better understand the role of genes and environment in human development .

Women born in Aldershot, England, in 1936. Her mother a maid, decided to give up for adoption to one of the girls after the father fled. Hamel said her mother kept it because she was born with a curvature in the spine, which would have hindered its adoption.

Hamel was raised as an only child. She met her husband, an American, in Malta and moved to the United States. The couple had two sons. Hunt was adopted by a couple, and was raised as an only child. No looked for the biological mother until her adoptive mother died, and it was not just a year ago she found out she had a twin. Samantha Stacey, one of the three daughters of Hunt, Hamel tracked and sent a letter.

Women soon communicated by telephone. One of the children of Hamel, Quinton, read one of the books about twins and Segal made ​​contact with the teacher, who arranged the meeting. After doing tests in Fullerton, the twins, who are presumed twins and their family planned to spend a week at home Hamel reviewing old photographs and knowing more.

Source: Associated Press

traslation: Belén Zapata