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Biological Sister Switched at Birth Reunited With Brother

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A biological sister switched at birth in the former Soviet republic of Moldova has been found living in Russia and reunited with her brother and other family members in North Carolina, ABC News reported.

The Lashtur family, which moved to the United States in 1999, always heard rumors before leaving Russia that their baby daughter Tatyanna, might not be theirs, ABC News reported.

"The rumors came from neighbors and people we knew," Anatoliy Lashtur said of his sister Tatyanna, ABC News reported. "The rumor has been going on forever, but we couldn't find them. It was difficult.

"Sometimes we would search and wouldn't find anything at all. So, we thought that the rumor must not be true," Anatoliy Lashtur continued.

ABC News wrote that it was a neighbor who knew both families, who made the connection, knowing that the girls were born in the same hospital on the same day, and that both mothers were having issues with their babies refusing to eat and crying a lot.

When rumors started about Tatyanna again recently, the family was compelled to travel to Moldova to solve the mystery, but without success. Tatyanna, armed with the name of the girl she believed she was switched with, Valentina, started her hunt on Facebook, WTVD-TV reported.

The women, now 39, confirmed on the social media site that they were born on the same day at the same hospital and were switched, WTVD-TV. The Lashtur family was reunited with Valentina on a Russian talk show where DNA results presented on the program confirmed their lineage.

"It was unbelievable," Anatoliy Lashtur told WTVD-TV. "I was holding her as hard as I could and I could tell she wasn't breathing easy."

Anatoliy Lashtur told the television station that while there's a lot of joy, challenges still remain as the family reconcile their lives with the their new family members.

"I don't know what to say," Lashtur said about his conversation with Tatyana, per WTVD-TV. "I just found out from my mom what happened. But I wanted you to know that we love you and you are our sister and nothing changes. The only difference is we gain a sister and you gain like three sisters and more brothers."

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A biological sister switched at birth in the former Soviet republic of Moldova has been found living in Russia and reunited with her brother and other family members in North Carolina, ABC News reported.
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