DNA testing helps Sarasota woman find sister she didn’t know she had

Sarasota County

A DNA test is getting credit for bringing half-sisters together for the first time. A Tampa Bay area woman learned through an ancestry test, that she has a half-sister in Boston!

We spoke with Kim Pinto before she left to meet her sister. 

“Well we’ve done Facetime so I have seen her on Facetime. But I don’t know what to expect, this whole process has been full of emotions,” said Pinto. 

Pinto was diagnosed with M.S. last year. Her doctor told her she needed to find out more about her biological father who was a sperm donor so they could answer some medical questions. 

Pinto found her sister by using “23 and Me” an at-home DNA testing kit.

“I started crying because that meant I got closer to some answers that I needed. Sorry, I am getting emotional. But in the meantime we have found the donor who has been extremely helpful and nice and we are going to meet him as well,” said Pinto.

Pinto and her sister Melissa are only 14 months apart and they totally look alike!

The sisters have been talking since January and they’ve already found they have a lot in common.

“It feels like she is another twin. We are so similar yet we have been apart all of these years, not knowing it. Her mother and my mom graduated from the same high school in the same graduating class so it’s been crazy,” said Pinto.

We Facetimed with Melissa to get her take on things and she can’t wait to hug her sister.

“I have been an only child, so to have my sister, I used to beg my parents for a sibling and I just can’t wait to meet her she is so much like me, it’s just really an amazing story,” said Melissa. 

The sisters have promised Channel 8 they’ll tell us how their experience was. Check back with Wfla.com for updates. 

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