Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

At 72 Years Old, Two Women Learn They Were Switched At Birth.

They both led happy lives in wonderful households and were fully loved by their parents.

Denice even admitted that the situation was nothing but a blessing: "I consider it a gift, and good things come out of it, I think." Fortunately, both women went on to live in the loving comfort of a happy household. But the way they discovered the truth was surprising, to say the least. Denice, who's a genealogy buff, decided to submit her DNA to the company, 23andMe to hopefully learn a bit more about her health history.

They both led happy lives in wonderful households and were fully loved by their parents.

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That's when she realized it didn't match any of her family members.

But she thought the company had made a mistake, so she took the test again. Denice was puzzled. She immediately thought, "Either 23andMe made a mistake, or I was switched at birth." The latter being a reality wasn't something she'd seriously consider. After she got her results back, she noticed her name matched several folks, but she hadn't heard of these people before.

That's when she realized it didn't match any of her family members.

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Meanwhile, Linda's niece noticed Denice's name on the report and immediately told her aunt something was up.

Linda's daughter and her hubby then proceeded to have a talk with Linda. “We believe you've been switched at birth,” they shared. Linda immediately made arrangements to get tested. “I did my DNA right away, because I've got to see this on paper," said Linda.

Meanwhile, Linda's niece noticed Denice's name on the report and immediately told her aunt something was up.

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But the tests didn't lie, and Denice and Linda were finally reunited.

Unknowingly, these two ladies had walked in each other's footsteps, by living a life they weren't mean to, ever since they were switched and forced to live with a family that just happened to be at the same hospital. Their family photos are incredibly haunting. Linda, who's a redhead, can be seen among a family of blondes, while Denice, who's always been a blonde, grew up in a family full of brunettes and redheads. But the differences weren't just superficial, as Denice had always noticed how she had little to no coordination and stamina, but she grew up surrounded by athletes. The differences were there, they just didn't know what it meant.

But the tests didn't lie, and Denice and Linda were finally reunited.

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How it happened is still unclear. “We'll never know,” said Linda.

Sadly, these two women didn't get to experience the love and nurturing embrace of the family they were meant to be with. “I was really supposed to be another person,” said Denice. But both Linda and Denice feel it was nothing but a gift to realize about the mistake. Slowly but surely, they met each other's family members, and plan on keep doing so. They're planning a huge family reunion where they'll get to meet all the other members. Now, they share a bond that's unknown to most which can be easily compared to a sisterly bond. “We’re just new friends,” said Linda.

 How it happened is still unclear. “We'll never know,” said Linda.

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Source: Today

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