Adopted twins reunite after 26 years

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo

Samantha Futerman (left) and Anais Bordier plan to make a documentary.
Samantha Futerman (left) and Anais Bordier plan to make a documentary.

DNA tests have proven that two women given up for adoption in South Korea but who reconnected 26 years later via the internet are identical twins.

In a storyline that is straight out of Hollywood, Anais Bordier contacted Samantha Futerman by email in February last year to say the Los Angeles-based actor looked very similar to her.

And the coincidences did not end there. Bordier, who grew up in France but is now a fashion designer living in London, discovered that both women had been born on the same day, in the South Korean city of Busan and had both been adopted.

Bordier grew up with her adoptive parents in a suburb of Paris, while Futerman was raised in New Jersey - both unaware that they had a twin sister.

"I got a message on Facebook from a girl in London," Futerman told Good Morning America.

"It said she has seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city.

"When I saw her profile, it was crazy," she added. "She looked just like me."

The women have travelled to both of their adoptive countries and finally decided to carry out a DNA test to confirm what both of them believed already.

They decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the US$80,000 ($96,000) required to produce a documentary following their reunion and the final confirmation that they are sisters.

"It was weird, but I feel like there was a strange calm and comfort as well, and something that I can't really explain," Futerman said.

The two women have discovered they are both big fans of Harry Potter, the arts and many of the same television programmes, but both expressed a sense of lacking an unidentifiable part of their lives as they were growing up.

"I did feel like I missed something," Bordier said on the TV programme. "I had an imaginary friend when I was a kid ... and she was called Anne. "I needed that comfort, I guess."

- Daily Telegraph UK

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