Air Force Vet Finds Long Lost Korean Family Using Social Media

Air Force Vet Finds Long Lost Korean Family Using Social Media
Isa Peralta
By Isa Peralta
January 21, 2021
After an online request for help goes viral, a Korean American Air Force vet finds her dying mother’s family in three days.
#HelpForHyon: Last Thursday, former airborne linguist Isabelle Hyon DuCharme posted on social media about her search for her long-lost family members, as reported on NextShark.
  • DuCharme’s mother, Hyon Chu DuCharme, is currently on life support. After becoming severely injured due to a car accident on Christmas Day, she also tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital.
  • DuCharme posted on different social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, hoping to find her mother’s siblings living in South Korea.
  • Countless people helped to spread DuCharme’s message. Fans of the K-pop group BTS shared a Korean version of her tweet, while the original post was retweeted more than 51,000 times.
  • DuCharme’s tweet received so much support that #HelpForHyon became a popular hashtag.
Reunited at last: On Sunday, DuCharme updated her various social media accounts with good news about her mother’s siblings.
  • “WE FOUND THEM. Thank you so so much to everyone who helped us reach them… After a long almost decade of being disconnected and my cousin @dp.zhd and I both searching tirelessly for each other, every single one of you who shared this story made this happen,” DuCharme wrote in a recent Facebook post.
  • In one of her most recent tweets about the search, DuCharme also shared that she was able to communicate to her mother’s family and cousins through a translator.
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  • “We video chatted & saw our ENTIRE family (mom’s siblings & all of our cousins) using a translator, &then they got to do a video call with my mom in the hospital to talk to her while she’s in her coma.,” DuCharme tweeted.
  • DuCharme also posted various screenshots and heartwarming photos and videos of calls with her relatives.
Featured Image via Isabelle Hyon
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