TODAY | January 24, 2014
>> out like a hollywood movie . ever have a friend that seems so much like you you swore you could be related? well, what if you discovered, actually, that was the case. college freshmen kayla and emily had a few things in common, their sense of style, love of theater and science, and the decision to trek all the way from california to louisiana to attend tulane university , their perfect school. it was at tulane they met this fall. they shared something else quite unique. they were both conceived through anonymous sperm donors from colombia, south america . hearing the story and seeing the resemblance in pictures, kayla's mom suggested the girl compare donor numbers. and lo and behold.
>> sisters .
>> sisters . bound by friendship, blood and destiny, mckayla just changed her facebook page and profile picture to show the world her best birthday present ever.
>> mackayla and emily are with us this morning. sisters . does that still catch you off guard?
>> definitely weird. it's crazy walking around campus calling each other sisters .
>> it's one coincidence after the other. you meet online in some kind of a roommate questionnaire for tulane. and you find out you've got a little bit in common. you met at school, but you weren't best friends , right?
>> we didn't know each other that well. we could be really compatible as friends, but never at the right place at the right time. we've gotten a lot closer recently.
>> yeah. i had her number, which is how we ended up communicating towards winter break .
>> and some of your friends noticed the resemblance and would say you guys almost like you could be related?
>> yeah. i think over the summer, i posted a status about my colombia sperm donor and she messaged me and said i don't want to be crazy, but i also have a colombian sperm donor . wouldn't it be funny if we were sisters ?
>> before that, did either of you dare to think it was possible you were related?
>> no. when she posted that status, i was like, that's too much coincidence. i messaged her and my family and went through all her pictures. and i was like, do we look enough alike? could we be related?
>> and one of your moms said why don't you check the donor number ?
>> yeah, my mom over winter break . we were in the same position taking the picture and we looked a lot alike. and my mom said you should really check the donor numbers.
>> just describe, emily , for me, the moment you realized the number was the same.
>> i panicked. i thought she was kidding. i freaked out and i texted her, you're joking with me. and she told me she wasn't and i started running around the house screaming and telling everybody, calling people.
>> and you?
>> i was sitting in the dermatologist's office and it was really quiet and i wanted so bad to scream, but i just -- it was mind blowing. i didn't know what to do.
>> you guys, as i said, you were acquaintanc acquaintances, not best friends , now you find out you're sisters . how does the relationship in real terms change overnight?
>> well, i mean, this whole -- the media has picked it up and ran with it. the only interactions we get to have are like 3:00 in the morning, this person called they want an interview. we have to go here.
>> we see each other multiple times a day now and a lot closer.
>> was it ever awkward? i think people assume you're going to go from acquaintances to very best friends overnight. that doesn't just happen.
>> have there been awkward moments.
>> i think the first time we saw each other at first, we didn't know what to do. but since we're so compatible and we have a lot in common, i think really quickly we became best friends because that's what we would've done even if we weren't sisters .
>> and i think there was a moment when we were sitting at dinner and i was like, i don't know your favorite color or anything about you. so we've been catching up. but i already tell her i love and it's been two weeks.
>> this is not just between the two of you. you each have families.
>> how are those families going to now react to this news?
>> well, coming to new york, our families met for the first time. it's really, really cool to gain more family and --
>> they're really excited to merge. they're hanging out without us a lot.
>> do you want to try to find out who that donor was?
>> not any time soon.
>> i don't have any interest. i'd like to know what he looks like but i don't have any interest in finding him.
>> i knew i wanted to find him some day. and when i turned 18, i was determined to find him. but since this has happened, emily is more than i could hope for.
>> one step at a time. you found each other.
>> you two are great.