Biological Sisters Separated as Embryos Reunite

'Instant connection,' say their dads
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2015 4:24 PM CDT

After Alison and Tom Benassi got pregnant via IVF, ultimately having their now 10-year-old daughter Jamie, they gave their unused embryos up for adoption. David and Rhonda Joseph adopted one and had their now 9-year-old daughter, Piper. The two little girls have now met—and Jamie's dad tells 6ABC, "It's been an instant connection. You would never know that they didn't know each other for the first 9 years." The girls agree: "We do act like sisters. We do argue sometimes," says Jamie.

WDRB reports that the girls met over the weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo after their parents had "serious talks" with each of them; Piper had been asking about her biological family for about a year. "As soon as they saw each other and met each other, it was just instant togetherness—two sisters immediately," Piper's dad tells WCPO. "It was just as if they’ve been together all their lives." (More embryo stories.)

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