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Adopted woman finds out she’d been passing by her long-lost brother in hallway for 7 years
It was Christina's dream to find her biological family members, but she never expected to learn her brother was someone she'd passed by in the hospital for seven years.
D.G. Sciortino
08.16.22

Christine Sadberry spent over a decade looking for her family not knowing that she had been passing her brother Raymond Turner in the hallways of Cook Children’s Hospital for seven years.

Sadberry was adopted at 3-months-old and raised in Austin, Texas.

She began the search for her biological family in 2006 and was able to locate her birth mother.

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Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to get any information about her dad or learn if she had any siblings.

“She pretty much said that only her and her mom knew about me and she just kind of left it at that,” Sadberry told PEOPLE.

Sadberry continued her search and did a 23andMe test in 2014 and found some distant cousins.

“I was like, ‘Okay, nobody is ever going to show up,'” she said.

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Though Sadberry gave up her search, her search didn’t give up on her and neither did fate.

Turner’s wife Maria, ended up giving him a 23andMe test for Christmas in 2021.

Turner took the test wanting to find out where in Africa his family was from.

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“I thought it’d be great for us to finally solve this mystery together,” he said.

Turner, who was raised by his maternal grandmother in Hempstead, Texas, was aware of a half-brother and step-sister. But he never knew he had a biological sister.

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“They’re saying I have a sister? I’m like what? What is this?” Raymond told FOX 4 News.

He also had no idea that she had walked right by his place of work that same day.

Sadberry had been taking her son to the children’s hospital for medical treatments since 2015.

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Turner was the producer at Sparklefly Recording Studio where patients could sing, record, and play music.

That day she walked by and saw a man in a red shirt in the studio.

“That was the very first time in seven years that we had seen anybody in that studio,” Christina said.

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Maria Turner reached out to Sadberry on Facebook just a few hours later.

“She said that she had bought Raymond a DNA kit and that I had come back as a close familiar match,” Sadberry said. “And I’m like okay, how close is close?”

Sadberry started looking at Turner’s profile and recognized the man in the red shirt as a man she saw in the music studio of the children’s hospital. She also soon learned that her son was completely healthy.

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“For me, it’s the heart of God to see reconciliation,” Turner said. “Even that day for her to see me there, it was no accident. So it’s still pretty emotional.”

Sadberry spent years walking by that studio during doctor’s appointments.

Turner and Sadberry spent the next four months spending time together and getting to know each other.

“Nobody can put into words how excited everybody is,” she said. “It’s unexplainable. Like you can’t make that up. My husband keeps saying, ‘This is some stuff out of a movie.'”

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at [email protected]
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