In a twist that looks as if it came right out of a Mexican soap opera, twin girls separated at birth 19 years ago found each other amidst joy and speculation.
On August 15, 1999, their mother, Rosemary Onyango went to Kakamega County Referral Hospital expecting to give birth to triplets.
She would, however, later be told that her caesarean delivery had brought forth twins, whom she named Melon and Mevies Imbaya.
The twins were placed in an incubator for about a week due to low birth weight before Rosemary was discharged and returned to Furfural with her babies, Melon and Mevies Imbaya.
Just two days earlier, another woman, Angeline Omina, had been at the same hospital where she gave birth to a girl whom she named Sharon.
Fast forward to the present where Sharon and Melon met in Kangemi last week.
“It was our first time to travel to Nairobi and we met in town. We hugged and cried uncontrollably. It was like there was strong bond between us and that makes me believe that Sharon is my sister. We now want a DNA test done immediately to end the doubts,” Melon said.
“If a DNA test reveals that Rosemary is my mother then I would wish to stay with her but will not allow to be separated completely from my mother in Nairobi.” Sharon said.
Melon started suspecting she might have a twin sister after she and her schoolmates went to Shikoti secondary and students there wondered why she looked exactly like their schoolmate Sharon.
“When I went to Shikoti, students confronted me and started laughing. I was so afraid after they told me that I had a sister at their school. I told them I had a sister at Kimosin Girls and not Shikoti,” Melon explained in an interview with The Standard. They, however, did not meet that day.
Sharon’s mother Angeline Omina told The Standard on the phone from Kangemi where she lives that she is confident Sharon is her child and that the two girls were just look- alikes.
She maintains that she gave birth to Sharon at Kakamega County Referral Hospital on August 13, 1999, and the baby was put in an incubator.
“I gave birth to Sharon. People must understand that people look alike,” she said but is open to DNA tests.