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Twin Evacuees, 98, Together Again.
Thursday, September 15, 2005  12:35:00 PM

by Betty L. Torain

Two Were Separated During Katrina Chaos!

Two weeks ago, a 98-year-old female evacuee from New Orleans arrived at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, confused and combative.

A torn tag around her neck with a name on it.

Hospital workers didn't know whether it was her first name or last. The woman repeatedly asked for her twin sister by her first name-sometimes through tears, always in desperation.

The woman could only knew her sister's first name. She couldn't spell her last, remember her Social-Security number or give a date of birth. Hospital workers didn't know where to begin searching for the woman's family.

Two dedicated nurses 800 miles apart finally solved the mistery: One nurse in Fort Worth and the other in Alanta, spent hours looking for another 98-year-old New Orleans evacuee on the American Red Web site.

She stumbled across a posting and made a few calls. That is how she found the sister in Alanta, who began to fill in the blanks.

The name on the tag that was around one of sister's name was their maiden name-and the twins were rescued from their home by a neighbor. But they were separated after waiting in a hospital for three days.

The nurse said that she had never seen or experienced such a bond between sisters, that the two"showed so much love for each other, I couldn't not help them."

After 12 days of separation, the sisters finally embraced in a tearful reunion Monday evening in Fort Worth.

"I missed you. I missed you so much," the sister said, tears sliding down her cheeks as she leaned over in her sister's wheelchair to embrace her. "Im so glad to be by you again.

Her sister responded as their hands clasped tightly: "I'll always be with you.I'll always hang on to you. I was so lonely without you."

The sisters are at the hospital. They will probably stay there until their family can resume taking care of them.

The twins lived with with one of their daughters and a niece in a house off Canal Street. They were rescued by a neighbor with a canoe.

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