LONG Lost Family took a jaw-dropping turn last night after an adopted woman found out she is actually related to her best friend.
The ITV show followed the story of Claire Martin, who was born in Hong Kong but aged two was one of 100 children adopted in the UK from overcrowded orphanages in the country.
Claire, 60, had been searching for information on her birth family for years, but with the show's help, she was able to fly back to her birth country.
She paid an emotional visit to the stairwell where she was abandoned as well as the orphanage on her birth certificate.
But despite her trip across the world, Claire ended up finding a blood relative much closer to home.
DNA tests revealed she was a distant cousin with her close friend Joanna Battershell, who had been at the same orphanage and on the same flight into Heathrow to be adopted all those years ago.
The women had met eight years ago and became firm friends, and following the surprise twist, Claire said: "It’s just unbelievable! We’ve always said we are sisters in spirit.
“It’s extraordinary that I went all the way to Hong Kong looking for relatives and, in the end, found them in the UK.
"I feel as though I have got a family now, which I never had before and it’s a big family!"
Claire, who has a daughter, also found out she has blood relatives all over the world thanks to the DNA testing, but is unable to visit them due to current Covid-19 travel restrictions.
She said: "Up until I met these people, my closest blood relative was my daughter. I now have family.
"We all talk on WhatsApp. The minute we're allowed to travel I'll be going to see them. We've made a breakthrough but there's more to discover."
Long Lost Family airs at 9pm on Mondays on ITV and is available to catch up on via the ITV Hub.
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