According to officials from Korea Now, it was through a Korean DNA program (that tracks down the families of US adoptees) that Denise was able to locate her biological family. Denise's American parents, however, had been told that the little girl had been abandoned at the hospital as she was sick.
A woman from Canada who was adopted from South Korea at a young age recently found her biological family and that too after 44 years!
Denise McCarty, now 46, met her family virtually and found out that she and her twin sister had gone missing as toddlers during a trip to a Seoul market with their grandmother. The woman's twin, Sang-Hee was found after three days, however, Denise (originally Sang-Ae) was sent to an orphanage. She was adopted by her American parents on Christmas Eve of 1976.
According to officials from Korea Now, it was through a Korean DNA program (that tracks down the families of US adoptees) that Denise was able to locate her biological family. Denise's American parents, however, had been told that the little girl had been abandoned at the hospital because she was sick.
Denise’s mother had registered with the exact same program the year before, and a DNA match was made earlier this month. She talked to her family through video call on October 14 and met her long-departed twin.
"My heart was beating a hundred miles an hour. Like, I could not believe this was happening. It emerged that her family had never given up hope of finding her, and had even opened a business in the market where she had vanished in the hope that they would one day see her again," she shared.
Her twin Sang-Hee got emotional during the conversation and told Denise, "We never abandoned you, Sang-Ae. We were looking for you every day."
The two bonded over a long-distance call and the 46-year-old's birth mother shared that she had never left the village where she had disappeared and that she had kept a copy of the leaflets she had distributed in the hopes of tracking her down.
Unfortunately, Denise’s grandmother and father have since died, and she discovered her father had begun to drink heavily following her disappearance, dying of liver disease 20 years ago.
"We had the reunion and I know he was there in spirit because I think that he just made this happen, and I think that my maternal grandmother that lost us that day… I know she was there as well. I could just tell," she said. She now aims to travel to South Korea to meet her biological family in person.