With a simple DNA test, a Hawaii man discovers a huge family he never knew
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last November, North Shore resident Scott Sundby took a DNA test through Ancestry.com as a gift for his birthday.
He wasn't expecting much. But what he found has changed his life.
The test was able to connect him with his biological mother, who he never knew, his dad, and a huge family scattered across the United States.
"It was the best $80 that I ever spent in my life. To find out I've got a whole new family for 80 bucks, it was incredible," he said.
After Sundby was born 49 years ago, his young mom had to give him up for adoption. His father wasn't part of the decision.
Seven years ago, his biological mother submitted a DNA test to the website, searching for the son she never knew.
Sundby was a match.
"I checked and there was a contact person. I contacted them. They flipped out out because they ended up being my cousin," he said.
That led to a conversation with his biological mother, who lives in Arizona.
"I actually talked to my mother for the very first time in nearly half a century," said Sundby.
And that led to his father in California.
"I was stunned," said his father, Chris Carnes. "I, of course, knew he was alive. I just didn't know anything about him and to hear his voice. I was granted a gift. God gave me a gift."
"After I talked to my dad, he missed me his entire life and when he found out he had grandchildren ... he actually went out and got tattoos on his arm with a hibiscus, his flower for Hawaii, with their names," said Sundby.
Sundby also has a younger brother. The resemblance is uncanny.
Sundby's biological mother, father and stepmother will meet next week in Honolulu when they fly in from California.
"The first thing I'm going to do is hug them because I've never been able to hug them and they've never been able to hug me," said Sundby.
The rest of the family will meet later for a reunion for their grandmother's 90th birthday.
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