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Skype brings Nappanee girl and best friend together for the first time

Sarah, of Nappanee, and Paige, of New Zealand have been chatting for 8 years, but until Skype arranged a meeting, they'd only know each other through a computer screen. Both girls were featured on the Katie Couric Show recently.
Posted on Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 6, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

Sarah, of Nappanee, and Paige, of New Zealand, started emailing each other when they were 8-years-old. Later, they began using Skype to video-chat. The girls have been best friend for eight years.

"I consider Paige a long lost sister that I never had but should have had," Sarah recently said in a YouTube video produced by Skype. "Some best friends come and go; I feel like Paige will always be my best friend no matter what."

The girls not only talk about boys and other things of typical teenager concern, but they share a special bond because both were born with one arm. Their mothers originally contacted each other when the girls were infants, but lost touch and reconnected years later.

Sarah and Paige were recently featured for a Skype project called "The Born Friends Family Portrait." The video chatting company paid for and documented the girls' first ever face-to-face meeting.

As soon as the car door opened in Paige's yard in New Zealand, the girls ran into each others' arms and burst into tears of joy. Their meeting was so heartwarming, Katie Couric decided to invite Sarah and her mom to appear on her talk show.

What Sarah didn't know, though, was that Couric had flown Paige and her mom in so the friends could meet again.

"We're like two needles in a hay stack that just found each other," she said on the YouTube video.

To follow Sarah on Twitter, click here.


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