Man reunited with his sister for the first time in over 50 years

Friday, September 22, 2017 04:44PM
ABC11 Together brings you the remarkable story of a brother and sister reunited for the first time in their life since birth.


CARY, N.C. - It was an incredible moment when a brother and sister met for the first time after being separated since birth.

The two were both given up for adoption over 50 years ago and reunited at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday.

Cary, North Carolina resident Allen Smith spent much of his life thinking he was an only child.

His sister, Bambi Will, spent the last 30 years across the country in Bend, Oregon, searching for Smith, while he was unaware of her existence.

Smith's adopted parents revealed otherwise only a few years ago.

"My parents were really on their deathbed, and my mother had Alzheimer's, and my father had dementia when he passed," Smith said. "My father knew things were kind of going south and really before he died, he looked at me and he said, 'Just so you know, you have a sister in this world.'"



A DNA test revealed that Will was trying to find him all along.

The two share the same mother and are just one year and two months apart in age.

"She is everything, absolutely everything I would envision I would have in a sister," Smith said. "Oh crap," he said as he started tearing up, "Now I got it, it's very cool."

"Not really having a family and wanting desperately to have one...somebody that cared that I was alive," Will said, tearing up as she described her motivation to search for her brother.

While more than 50 years may have escaped them and states separated them, Smith and Will are looking forward to catching up on missed time.

"The future is going to be incredible," Smith said. "I mean, I want to take her around the world on my trips."

"The future...is forever," Will said.
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