Long-lost sisters from UK reunited after 55 years discover they're twins
Two women from London, who were separated at birth 64 years ago, discovered that they are twins after an amazing series of coincidences.
Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards, were born on Tyneside in December 1948.
While Jenny was given up for adoption with a loving family and eventually became an Open Golf Champion, Helen stayed with her birth mother and endured a harsh upbringing with her violent stepfather.
Neither knew of each other's existence until 2003, and when they finally met in 2007 they had DNA tests because they thought they were half-sisters.
But as they got to know each other, some incredible similarities led them to suspect that they were more closely related.
They discovered they had the same mannerisms, even down to the way they held their coffee cups.
"We're very alike, we mirror each other on the little things - it was like that even when we first met," the Mirror quoted Jenny as saying.
"We both have chihuahua dogs too," she said.
Jenny even found out that Helen was in the theatre assisting surgeons when she had an operation at a Newcastle hospital.
At one stage they were also staying within miles of each other in Florida and when they flew back on one occasion, their dogs shared the same compartment on the plane.
Jenny, who grew up in Jesmond, Newcastle, was determined to find her birth family after learning at the age of 14 her dear mum and dad, Connie and Sidney, weren't her biological parents.
After three decades, the 63-year-old mum finally tracked down her own birth mother, Mercia Lumsden, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, shortly before her death in 2003.
But the mystery deepened after Mercia revealed Jenny, who now lives in Kent, had a "half sister" Helen, who had no idea she existed.
Finally, after much hard work by Jenny and her friends and family, the two had an emotional reunion in 2007, and they were instantly stunned by their similarities.
Further investigations revealed that their mother had given birth to twins on Jenny's birthday, December 2, 1948, but the sisters were confused and believed the second baby had most likely died. But they soon had a sneaking suspicion they might be twins.
This was confirmed by further DNA tests showing they were non-identical twins.
The shock discovery meant Helen had effectively lost 15 months of her life, because she believed she was 62 years old when she was in fact 64.