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College Freshman Become Friends, Find Out They're Sisters

College is a great time to find new friends, but two freshmen at Tulane University in Louisiana who became friends, found out they were actually family.

Mikayla Stern-Ellis, 19, and Emily Nappi, 18, first met while searching for potential roommates on Facebook. The two didn't end up rooming together, but they stayed in touch and became close friends when school started.

An online survey showed they had a lot in common - but it wasn't until months later that they realized they shared more than just a few interests.

Both girls are from California and look eerily similar. They quickly found out they were conceived by an anonymous Colombian donor, but didn't think much of it.

The Tulane Hullabaloo reports it wasn't until Mikayla went home for Winter break that her mother asked what her new friend's donor number was because she didn't remember many other Colombian donors at the time she was conceived. It turned out to be a match! Their families were shocked!

The girls have said they are thankful for having found each other so unexpectedly and it's made their college experience even better.

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denadmartinez January 23 2014 at 5:02 AM

wow!God brought tehm together

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Patricia January 22 2014 at 1:33 PM

This article sounded so fantastic, not many people can have such a special surprise. Glad they looked at it in a positive manner.

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Sheila January 22 2014 at 1:33 PM

...they even have the same sweater in diffenent colors.

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debrastephens158 January 22 2014 at 8:47 PM

Aw. I want a surprise sister too.

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Rory January 22 2014 at 1:12 PM


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Bernard January 22 2014 at 1:10 PM

I saw a movie about a sperm donor whose sperm was used to father hundreds of children who were half siblings and knew it. Maybe these girls have hundreds of other half siblings whom they have yet to meet.

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JAL January 22 2014 at 1:07 PM


The above URL is to a comedy on Dramafever.com that is about a sperm donor.

Although other countries, including Britain, France and Sweden, limit how many children a sperm donor can father, there is no such limit in the United States. There is one reported case in the US where there are over 150 offspring from one donor. This has prompted a Web-based registry for other children fathered by the same donor and helped to create an online group to track them. Anyway, it's a good series and one that speaks to the social consciousness of this industry, or lack there of!

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wooptydiva January 22 2014 at 1:00 PM

That's my cousin!!! Yay, Emily!!! So happy for you!

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MAYRA BRIONES January 22 2014 at 1:00 PM

Uhmm.....I wonder how the conversation between the two of them started to come to the conclusion that they were both conceived by a colombian donor. Interesting story with a beautiful ending.
And..... how many more out there conceived by the same???? Just thinking out loud...sorry

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marlene44133 January 22 2014 at 1:28 PM

That's neat that they found each other. Gives new meaning to the phrase "Who's your Daddy?)

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