KENNEWICK, Wash. - When Jackie Lopez and her twin sister, Judy Whitsett reconnected with their older brother Alfredo "Louis" Leon, they knew their lives would be different forever.
"We got to be able to spend Christmas together," Whitsett said, "our first Christmas, first New Year's and Thanksgiving. It was just amazing."
Shortly after Louis and his family moved from New York to Kennewick, NBC's Steve Harvey Show flew them out to appear on national television. The three of them were under the impression that they were coming out to answer questions and talk about their story. But when they got there, something was different.
"What was interesting," Lopez said, "was how they kept watching over us and we couldn't leave our rooms. We just thought that was normal practice at the show."
Little did they know, the show's research team had found their older sister, Aida, who lives in Florida. Who none of them had really seen since they were kids.
Leon recounted, "The final question was, 'If your sister was watching and you're able to say something, what would you say?'"
"I said, sister, you're our missing link," said Lopez.
That's when Steve Harvey said, "why don't you tell her yourself." The siblings turned around, and there she was. It was a moment they never expected.
Now, they're a family. Even though Aida is in Florida and the three other siblings are in the Tri-Cities, they keep in touch and talk every day. But they're reaching out to more than each other.
"We were suggested by mylife.com to start up a Facebook, Siblings Miracle Reunion," Leon said. Through the Facebook page, they want to connect with people nationwide looking for family.
Monday, September 15 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:35:34 GMT
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