Sunday 22 April 2018

Inter-continental best friends with one arm meet for the first time

Girls supported each other through everyday challenges for over eight years

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Two best friends from different continents were helped by Skype to meet in person for the first time after they submitted their story to a user-generated campaign.

Sarah, from Indianapolis and Paige, from New Zealand met when Sarah's mother "went on a website" and "found" Paige and her mother, Theresa.

Sarah is from Indianapolis and Paige is from New Zealand.

Sarah's mother found out Sarah had one arm at 22 weeks and went on the website to find someone who understood what Sarah was going through.

Sarah and Paige's mothers eventually lost touch but when Sarah turned eight she decided that she "needed someone" and they set about to find Paige.

After three years, the girls were reunited online. They began by trading emails and Paige says "One day, I just asked if she had Skype... When I saw Sarah, I was like 'This is how the world sees me'."

Sarah describes Paige as "a long-lost sister that I never had... that I should have had."

Paige sums up the friendship by saying "There weren't less challenges... it was that I wasn't going through the challenges alone anymore."

The two girls quickly became best friends and eight years later, won the chance to meet each other in person after Skype asked its users to send in stories of how they've stayed connected with friends and family using the video chat software. Upon learning of the girls story, the company decided to fly Sarah to New Zealand.

Watch the video above to see Sarah's reaction to the news that she would finally be able to meet her "mirror image", and watch the video below for their meeting.



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