How a Canadian woman found her long-lost sister just in time for Mother’s Day

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After forty years, an unwavering belief in the miracles of one mother and an unexpected gift paid off, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Montrealer Martin Moya gave his wife Diana Angarita a birthday gift that would unknowingly change their lives forever.

“If something is for you, it is for you. You know, because my husband wanted to give me that gift,” Diana said.

Martin gave Diana a DNA testing kit from a company called MyHeritage.

Diana does not know her father, and her mother Carmen Angarita is an orphan who does not know her family either.

The gift was intended to learn more about their origins. But she got more than that when she recently got the results.

“My husband was standing next to me and I said to him, ‘Martin, I think I found my sister,’” Diana said.

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Diana grew up knowing that her mother Carmen had given her first-born daughter up for adoption in Colombia.

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Carmen had no means to care for the baby.

“I was so desperate when I left her that I was almost run over by a bus. I had had no food all day and no place to live,” Carmen said.

Since that day forty years ago, Carmen has simultaneously carried a heavy weight in her soul and an unshakable belief that a miracle would happen.

“She always said to me, ‘One day we will find Xiomara,’ but for me it was, ‘Yes, yes, mami, that’s impossible.’ But yes, she was right.”

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Xiomara Schuuring, in the Netherlands, had taken the same DNA test as Diana, at the same company, and she too wanted to reconnect.

“I hope to see you very, very soon, together with my son,” Xiomara said in a video message she sent to her biological mother Carmen.

The wish that Carmen has cherished for more than forty years is just one flight away from being fulfilled.

“That she hugs me and I hug her and that we are happy together with my grandson,” Carmen said from her home in Bogota, Colombia.

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The family plans to meet in person in Colombia this Christmas so Diana can show her sister her roots.

“It would be the perfect Christmas, this is the real gift,” Diana said.

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