Durham teen adopted from Uganda reunites with brother
Posted April 11, 2013
Updated April 12, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A 16-year-old Durham girl who was adopted from Uganda in 2010 reunited with her younger brother for the first time in years Thursday night at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
"I've got butterflies in my stomach," Agnes Tucker said before her brother Fred stepped off the plane and into her arms. "My God, I can't stop shaking."
The last time Agnes saw Fred was in 2009. Though they were both in Uganda, they were sent to separate orphanages.
Agnes, along with her younger cousins Ruth and Nathan, were adopted together by Jodi Jackson-Tucker and Jerry Tucker, who already had three biological children and a daughter they adopted as an infant.
So, when the Tucker family learned that Agnes had a little brother, they were determined to bring him to Durham.
"We knew somehow we would find him and we would try to reunite them," Jodi Jackson-Tucker said.
They did find Fred, but reuniting the siblings was fraught with one delay after another.
When the moment finally arrived, time couldn't move fast enough.
"They just landed. Come quick, come quick," Jodi Jackson-Tucker called out to her children.
Agnes threw her arms around Fred – the moment she had been dreaming of for three years was finally here.
Jerry Tucker was moved by the reunion.
"Just seeing the joy on their faces, getting back together, completing this whole process, it is impossible to put into words," he said.
Fred found the words easily. When he saw the family waiting for him with a "Welcome Home" sign, "I was very happy and excited," he said.
For Agnes, being with Fred again made her family feel complete.
"I'm going to watch him actually grow again," she said.