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Online DNA test reunites separated sisters in China

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Elia Macha, 21, and Joi Clements, 22, took an online DNA test to learn more about their heritage and discovered they had a sister.

Elia Macha, from Spring, Texas, just graduated from the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston and is now celebrating at the table with her newfound sister on Saturday.

“I kind of knew there was a possibility I could find a sister just because we were adopted because of China’s one-child policy,” Macha said, “but we did it mainly for health reasons, just to to see since I wear it I don’t know my biological family.”

The two sisters were born just a year apart in China. Records showed that both Macha and Clements were in the same orphanage for a few months. According to Clements, both were adopted by single parents in the United States.

An online DNA testing kit via 23andMe would later reunite the sisters.

Joy Clements said she previously took two different online DNA tests. Still, the two weren’t linked until December 2019 when Macha took a 23andMe test to learn more about her medical history and background. In January 2020, she received an email that she had a sister, now named Joy Clements.

“We are so blessed that our story has turned out so great,” said Macha. “Sometimes there are mixed feelings about adoption. I guess I’ll just take it for what it is, whatever becomes of it, but if you want to know more there are definitely resources for it, and we’re so happy our situation turned out so beautifully. “

Clements and Macha met in person when Clements flew to the Houston area in May 2021.

“This could not have happened without God,” Clements said. “It was such a divine intervention to happen at this time and place in our lives. We experience so much of our lives together. We see, you know, she saw me get married. I can see her graduating and I will eventually see her get married and we will grow up and be able to be in each other’s lives and in the lives of our future children.

Macha said he will soon be working as a nurse at the Houston Methodist Medical Center. Clements is still working on her degree and plans to graduate next year. She will be returning to Utah with her husband, but plans to see and get to know her formerly long-lost sister in the years to come.

“For those who are looking for a family and are hoping to find a family, don’t give up on your search,” Clements said. “It is a miracle and a great blessing, but do not give up your quest.”

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