Reunions
Sisters have emotional reunion after being separated for 75 years
Suzan grew up thinking she was an only child and was clueless her parents adopted her. More than 7 decades later, she finally ran into her long-lost sister's arms.
Rozzette Cabrera
12.13.21

The bond sisters have is unbreakable. No matter where life takes them, they’ll remain sisters and that fact will follow them for the rest of their lives.

For 75 years, Suzan didn’t know she had a sister.

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Living in suburban Nashville, she didn’t even know she was adopted by her parents. She was raised as an only child. Because of that, she thought that her family was alone. If she passed away, her two kids wouldn’t have any other family but themselves.

Suzan often asked her parents if she was adopted.

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They failed to present a birth certificate to her. Instead, they had a Certification of Registration. Her mother would often tell her that it was because of a delay in the paperwork.

Suzan and her daughter Inga took a DNA test.

To their surprise, the results suggested that they had unknown relatives. In Suzan’s mind, the idea was impossible.

In an interview with ABC News, she shared:

“As far as I knew, I didn’t have any blood relatives at all. The only relatives I had were the two I produced: my daughter and my son. I thought, maybe it was a mistake.”

That wasn’t the case. She did indeed have other family members, including an older sister named Jackie.

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Suzan and Jackie’s biological mother was a factory worker in World War II. Because her other children were still young and her financial situation, she realized that she couldn’t afford to take care of another child by herself. She decided to put Suzan (whose name was originally Sandy) up for adoption.

Jackie was broken when her mother came home one day without her little sister.

She shared:

“I asked at least 40 years ago. As an adult, I questioned my mother about what happened [to my little sister]. I needed to know. And so she told me the best she could the adoptive parents’ last name, which was Trotter.”

Jackie looked for her younger sister during her life, but could never find her.

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Eventually, though, Suzan and her daughter’s DNA tests helped connect them to relatives they didn’t know they had. And in the end, her sister Jackie.

Soon after they located each other, the sisters started communicating a lot.

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After a couple of weeks, a reunion happened and there were no dry eyes when the two finally met each other at the airport.

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Suzan shared with ABC News:

“We just went to each other and hugged and kissed. It was very emotional, very sweet.”

And like Suzan, Jackie was more than happy about what happened.

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“We’ve missed sharing secrets of our boyfriends, going to shows together, having our sleepovers and our hugs. I missed it all as she did. But now, we will be together until the day I die. This is forever.”

Suzan thought that her kids wouldn’t have any family.

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But after their reunion, she’s happy to know that they won’t be alone. They were surrounded by cousins and other family members and they’re loved.

Watch the heartwarming reunion in the video below!

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By Rozzette Cabrera
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Rozzette Cabrera is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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