When office worker Laura Garzón visited a butcher’s shop in Bogota, she couldn’t believe her eyes. Standing behind the counter was her co-worker, Jorge Castro. But instead of wearing a suit and tie, he was wearing a bloodstained butcher’s apron and white cap.
Laura gave Jorge a big wave, but he ignored her because it wasn’t Jorge at all. It was a man called William Velasco. Laura was floored. William was the spitting image of Jorge. Amazed, Laura took a photo.
She rushed back to her office to tell everyone about William. When Jorge heard about his butcher shop double, he laughed. He said he did actually have a twin called Carlos, but they looked as different as night and day. When he saw the photo of William, his world turned upside down.
Jorge contacted William the butcher, and the two met up. For both of them, it was like looking in a mirror. Even stranger they both had non-identical twin brothers. They compared photos of their brothers and were shocked. Jorge’s brother, Carlos Castro, and William’s brother, Wilber Velasco also looked like two peas in a pod.
All four men were victims of a simple twist of fate. They had each grown up with the wrong brother. Both sets of twins were placed in the same hospital room as babies. The Velasco family accidentally took home William. And the Castro family mistakenly took Carlos. Jorge believes identity wristbands fell off the babies and were put on again on the wrong babies.
If not for the chance encounter at the butcher shop, the four men would be none the wiser.
It was a big change for all the brothers to accept. Each had an identical twin they had never met. In 2014, the brothers were finally reunited. They got on like a house on fire. Believing their bond is deeper than blood, they call themselves the “four brothers.”
They marvel at their newfound similarities. Jorge and William are chatty and happy-go-lucky jokers whereas Carlos and Wilber are quiet types with quick tempers.
The four brothers are now planning to buy a house together. Jorge said, “We have become like a company. Each one of us is important and we all need each other.”
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