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Orphaned sisters separated 40 years ago reunite while working at Florida hospital

It sounds like a movie plot: Two orphaned sisters separated as children in South Korea find each other decades later on the other side of the world, working at the same Florida hospital.

But this really happened.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Holly Hoyle O'Brien, 46, and Meagan Hughes, 44, became fast friends at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, where they both work the 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. shift in the medical surgical unit.

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"One of the patients told me there was another nurse, named Meagan, who was from Korea," said O'Brien. "She said, 'You should talk to her. Maybe you're from the same town.'"

The more O'Brien and Hughes talked, the more they discovered they had in common. Both women were orphaned as children in the 1970s. Both were adopted by American families. Both even shared the same family name: Hughes was born Eun-Sook Shin, and O'Brien's birth name was Pok-nam Shin. Plus, O'Brien was haunted by memories of a younger sister.

"I was like, 'This is too good to be true,'" O'Brien said. "I said, 'We've got to do the DNA test; it's the only way we'll get the truth out of the whole thing."

The pair sent DNA samples to a lab in Canada. The results confirmed their suspicions.

"I was trembling," O'Brien said. "I was so excited. I was ecstatic."

"When I heard from Holly, my first reaction was like, 'Oh my god,'" Hughes added. "I was in shock. I was numb. I have a sister."

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:15:27 -0400

CMPD believe driver in I-85 crash may have been impaired

Police said two people were hospitalized after the car they were in crashed into a guardrail and then an 18-wheeler on Interstate 85 overnight.

The wreck happened around 12:30 a.m. on I-85 at West Sugar Creek Road.

Officers said two men in the car were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, but did not say how badly they were hurt.

Police told Channel 9 they believe the driver may have been impaired at the time, and plan to perform a blood test at the hospital.

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:46:02 -0400

Firefighters battle flames, smoke at west Charlotte home

Firefighters battled flames and smoke at a home in west Charlotte overnight.

The fire started just after midnight at a house on Broadview Drive.

Officials told Channel 9 there was extensive smoke damage inside the home.

No one was hurt, but the two people who live at the home will have to stay with family.

The cause remains under investigation.

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 04:39:53 -0400

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