COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A DNA test lead to a heartfelt meeting in Coventry this week.
Paul Bassett has been trying to find out more about his birth father, who he had never met. For Christmas, he got an Ancestry DNA test which led him to an even more special gift.
“It’s kind of nerve-racking, I’m kind of nervous,” Paul’s daughter Amanda Bassett said. “It’s kind of crazy after all of these years.”
Amanda got her dad the DNA test and that’s how they discovered Paul’s two sisters — Christine Hencler and Patricia Gray.
“We live 40 minutes down the road, like we could’ve met at like a Market Basket,” Amanda said.
“And I could’ve walked by her 100 times and would’ve never known,” Paul said of his sister, Christine.
Instead, Christine and her brother met for the first time in Coventry this week, and spoke to 12 News about the heartfelt moment.
“I always was wondering if I had siblings before, I always had a feeling so it’s a good thing that came out,” Christine said. “I got to meet my brother.”
“53 years later,” Paul said, his hand around Christine’s shoulder. “It’s amazing, it really is.”
The two siblings say they have a lot of time to make up for and they plan on spending plenty of it together in the future.