LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two strangers separated by thousands of miles and decades were also literally separated at birth.
They are brother and sister — born at different times, both abandoned. Both adopted by loving families and never knowing the other existed.READ MORE: Boy Killed, Young Girl Among 2 Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
On Friday’s episode of “The Doctors,” Janet Barnicoat and Dean Hundorf were told with 74.5% certainty they were half siblings.
The story of their tearful reunion at LAX was first broadcast Only On CBS2 in November 2014.
CBS2’s Tom Wait said the two were waiting on DNA results that would prove they were related.
Barnicoat, a Hesperia resident, was abandoned in a Lawndale alleyway in 1981.
She registered with an ancestry website and took a DNA test, which found she had a sibling. Hundorf had also signed up with the same registry.
The test conducted by “The Doctors” was even more precise.
Hundorf, who now lives in Wisconsin, was abandoned as a baby in 1986. He was found on a porch in the Pacific Palisades.
Backstage at “The Doctors,” an emotional Barnicoat said, “My brother and I are incredibly lucky.”READ MORE: Monorail Or Heavy Rail? Metro Wants Public Input On Ambitious Project To Connect San Fernando Valley To LAX
She added, “I kind of didn’t really hear it [the results] at first,” Barnicoat said, “my mind was going 1 million miles a minute.”
For the new-found family, it wouldn’t have really mattered what the tests said. They are siblings.
“Since the day we met at the airport,” Barnicoat said, “the connection is there.”
“It’s still unreal to me,” Hundorf said, “it’s still hard to put into words.”
Neither of the siblings knows the identity of their birth parents.
“Eventually we want to become advocates for children who are abandoned and hopefully bring awareness to this situation and stop it from actually happening,” Barnicoat said.
Barnicoat told Wait she wasn’t sure she would want to meet her biological parents even if they came forward.
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