A San Francisco woman is losing count of the number of siblings she has and the number just keeps on rising. In just two years Shauna Harrison has gone from being an only child to having 29 brothers and sisters after joining a DNA testing service, the New York Daily News reported.
The 41-year-old woman first logged on to 23andMe.com nearly 15 years ago to track down her biological father after learning that her parents used a sperm donor to conceive. Years later, she logged back into her account and switched the privacy settings to public.
Within hours she received an email from someone saying they were related, KGO-TV noted. The number soon jumped to eight. That was two years ago and now she has discovered 29 siblings in total who have been reunited through DNA testing. They range in age from 24 to 41 and many live in the San Francisco Bay area, CNN noted.
Many of the 30 siblings have made efforts to meet and stay in touch and some have even developed a strong bond. This is especially true of Harrison and her half-sister Jodi Hale, or "number 15," KGO reported.
"It's just nice to have someone else that is in sort of the same place. And you have a lot of the same history. It's fun," said Hale.
Some siblings were less enthusiastic about their origins than others, having only learned that they had a different biological father after getting their DNA test results back, and chose to remain anonymous. For the rest of the 30 siblings, it has been an interesting journey.
"The biggest thing is that it's such an odd situation that there's not a lot of people who can understand," Harrison told CNN. "You know what it's like to know that your dad is not your dad or to wake up and have a new sibling."
She suspects the number will soon rise as more siblings emerge.
"It's just non-stop. I don't think this is going to be it. I think it's just going to continually happen, probably for the rest of my life," Harrison said, according to KGO.