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One Year Later, A Facebook Post Reunites Two Best Friends Who Grew Up In The Same Orphanage

“They must have hugged 400 times! They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they would fall over."

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When Sharon and Andy Sykes were finalizing the adoption of their 4-year-old daughter, Hannah, from an orphanage in China last year, they noticed the little girl had an inseparable bond with 3-year-old Dawson.

While going over Hannah’s adoption papers, the Texas couple noticed that in every picture, she was holding hands or playing with Dawson. In fact, the two children — who lived with the same foster family on the weekends — considered each other siblings.

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Though happy to be bringing their daughter home with them, the Sykes were upset to have broken up the strong friendship the two children shared.

“(Dawson) was on my heart. Really, I couldn’t stop thinking of him,” Sharon Sykes told CBSDFW.

So, Sharon launched a search on social media to find someone who lived nearby and could adopt Dawson.

And it worked.

Through a mutual friend, Christopher and Amy Clary saw Dawson’s picture and story on Facebook and felt a calling to adopt him.

Last week, Dawson and Hannah were reunited in Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, and a camera captured how joyful the two best friends were to finally see each other again.

Sharon Cutcher Sykes / Via Facebook

“They must have hugged 400 times! They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they would fall over,” Amy Clary said about the meeting.

According to Sharon Sykes, the hugging went on for about 20 minutes.

After not seeing each other for 11 months, Dawson and Hannah now live just five minutes from each other in a suburb right outside Dallas.

“(Adoption) is such a wonderful option for families and we hope people will consider it," Sharon Sykes told Good Morning America. “You think you’re doing something for these kids but in the end we’ve been so blessed. Our lives have been made so rich.”

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