A 40-year-old dad from Manitoba, Canada, finally found his long-lost twin sons, after his girlfriend sent out a message with his photo on Facebook.
In the post, Roberto Gaspar said he wanted to meet his twin sons before he died. He hadn’t seen them since they were six months old—more than 20 years ago. They were the only two of his seven children that he’d not had any contact with.
Gaspar’s current girlfriend, Dana Sinclair, gave birth to his seventh child on Friday, Oct. 13, and seeing his new baby made Gaspar think of his twins.
“I was laying in bed and I looked at my girlfriend and said, ‘You know, I really got to find a way to find my boys. I’m going crazy about these boys, I can’t find them,'” Gaspar told CBC News.
Gaspar was just a teenager when his boys, Ramando and Robert Gaudette, were put up for adoption by their mother, a previous girlfriend of Gaspar’s. The twins had remained together in the process.
The boys’ mother had recently died, however, and she never revealed the whereabouts of the boys to Gaspar. He did manage to make contact with their long lost sister, who had also been adopted, and they have since grown close, according to CBC. But she had not had contact with the boys either.
Luckily, the photo and accompanying message went viral.
The post was up for three days, collecting views and shares on both Sinclair’s Facebook page, as well as on a page called Shoutout Edmonton, a community page where people can anonymously engage in discussion on issues of a personal and community nature.
By the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17, the post had reached one of the twins—21-year-old Ramando Gaudette—who looked up the post after someone called his home about it. And he was impressed by what he saw.
“That’s my dad. That’s awesome. Pardon my language, he looked like a badass. He looked awesome,” said Ramando in a CBC interview.
The family has yet to meet each other in person, but they did have a three-way phone call together.
“The first thing that I let them know was that I never gave up on them and they were always in my heart,” said Gaspar. “It was too much. I was shaking, nerves were hitting high, my stomach was in knots.”
Gaspar plans to bring all of his children together for a family reunion so they can meet their siblings, half-siblings, and extended family.