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Long lost siblings meet in Albany

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Updated: 11/22/2013 10:41 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. –  Two siblings who have never met had a moment they will never forget on Friday night.

The brother and sister met at Albany International Airport for the first time. Their greeting was the scene of a love, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Connie McIntosh explains she was nervous before she met her brother. She grew up in Puerto Rico and said “At 8-years-old I was transferred over here with my oldest sister."

McIntosh and her sister came to live with their grandparents.  Her mother eventually remarried and moved to the United States, wish is when McIntosh lost touch.

“We searched and searched for years and years and years to find her," she explained.

After five years of searching, McIntosh was reunited with her mother.

“It’s like a spiral effect,” said McIntosh, “One after another we started meeting each other."

Her mother had three other children, including Chico Reyes, who made the trip on Friday to finally meet his long lost sister.

“I never gave up, I never gave up, and that's my message, never give up hope," said McIntosh.

"There’s no words for it,” Reyes said, “There is none."

Reyes tried to visit in the past but it fell through. However, he stayed determined to be reconnected with his family.

"We had to get up here, family is family, family comes first," Reyes said.

Now, the siblings and McIntosh’s daughter and grandchildren have found each other.

Reyes plans to stay in the area for four days to catch up with the family he has been missing.

Following the family miracle, Reyes encouraged others "Never quit, never give up.”

McIntosh has yet to see her mom since she left her in Puerto Rico, but says she plans on visiting her as soon as she can.  

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