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Long-lost siblings meet for the first time

Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 18:21:34-04

New Orleans, LA — John Pilotte was given up for adoption when he was a child, so until four years ago he did not know he had a sister.

The phone rang on Thanksgiving Day, 2010, and a woman proclaimed she was his sister.

“I was, ‘Like, excuse me?’  said Pilotte, in an interview with WGNO. “She said, ‘No, I’m your sister,’ and I said, ‘I think you have the wrong number.'”

They have spent the past four years getting to know one another over the telephone.

“We’re so alike,” Pilotte said.

“Yeah, good sense of humor,” his long-lost sister Susie Wilson responded. “We’ve been talking for 4 years.”

The two are fifteen years apart in age.

A heartfelt reunion. PHOTO: WGNO

A heartfelt reunion. PHOTO: WGNO

This week Susie and her family flew into the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Amid hugs, laughs and watery-eyes John also met the brother-in-law, niece and nephew he gained.

Like true siblings John and Susie, who share the same father, already have something to fight about. Susie, from Milwaukee, is a Packers fan and John is loyal to his Saints. They took in a game on Sunday, and the Saints took a win, 44-23.

John and Susie take in a game. PHOTO: WGNO

John and Susie take in a game. PHOTO: WGNO

They have a lot to catch up on and new memories to make.

Reporter Deepak Saini was there to capture this emotional story. Click on the video to watch the reunion!