DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.
Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The slogan for purchasing a DNA test kit on the genealogy website Ancestry.com is "Open a world of possibilities."
>> Read more trending news For a Georgia college junior, a DNA test earlier this week opened up his family history and helped him connect to a long-lost sibling and his birth parents.
Kieron Christian Graham, 20, is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University, which is located northwest of Atlanta. He was adopted in 1997 when he was 3 months old. Growing up, he knew the first names of his birth mother and father and that his birth mother had another child named "Vincent," who was nine years older, BuzzFeed reported.
"I periodically would look for them and check on Facebook, but I never knew their last name so it was always hard," Graham said.
His adoptive parents gave him an AncestryDNA test kit as an early Christmas present. On Tuesday he received the results in an email, BuzzFeed reported. Out of the 100 loose matches was a strong match to a 29-year-old man named Vincent Ghant, who also had taken a DNA test.
Received my DNA results today. Not very many surprises, but still very cool nonetheless! I reached out to a second cousin of mine and we have begun conversing. I’m ecstatic because I’ve never met or talked to anyone I’m biologically related to. Here’s to new adventures! pic.twitter.com/7ub4eUvEVn
When Graham checked on Facebook, he found a Vincent Ghant whose birthday matched the documents his adoptive parents had. He sent Ghant a friend request, and as they chatted on Tuesday, Graham mentioned the name of his birth mother, Shawn.
“My heart stopped,” Ghant told BuzzFeed. “I asked my mother about him throughout my life, but the pain was so heavy on her that it was hard for her to drum up the words to explain it to me. ... So it just got to the point where I was, like, I'll just wait for her when she's ready.”
y’all I just found my birth brother. I don’t know what to think. I’m about to go meet him. Turns out we go to the same college and have the same major. I can’t make this s--- up pic.twitter.com/9xbQ9jx3hE
The two men learned they were not only brothers, but they also were attending the same college, were both majoring in political science and lived only 15 minutes apart, BuzzFeed reported. Oddly enough, they also attended a class together.
The brothers finally met at a local bar this week, BuzzFeed reported. Graham recalled Ghant telling him, "I've been thinking about you for 20 years."
Ghant said the meeting was “very emotional.”
“I was excited but a little bit scared if he had any resentment towards my family,” Ghant said.
Graham had no hard feelings, understanding that his birth mother was a single parent and chose adoption to give him a better life.
"When I realized he didn't [have resentment] and that he had a great life, I was amazed," Ghant said.