The situation that Denise McCarty found herself in at the age of three is everyone’s worst nightmare. Forty four years ago, she was adopted by a family from the United States. Prior to, her name was Sang-Ae. Back in 1976, she and her twin sister — who as an adult, she forgot she had — went missing after traveling to a grocery store in Seoul, Korea. They were both with their grandmother at the time.
Her twin was recovered just days later. But Denise wasn’t. Instead, she was sent to an orphanage where she’d later be adopted to a family from the United States. As she grew up, she knew very little about what happened, or who her biological family was.
But thanks to DNA testing, all of that has changed. According to People, Denise signed up for a program especially made for Korean children that were adopted by parents from the United States. She initially gave her information in 2016, during a trip to South Korea.
Luckily, her biological mother also signed up for the program. The two were finally matched this year, meaning that Denise finally had the missing puzzle piece of who she is, and how she ended up in the United States.
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