PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - On Wednesday morning, FOX 29's Lauren Johnson shared the story of a Philadelphia salon-owner who is breaking barriers as a Muslim woman in the beauty industry.
By Thursday, Johnson learned that Hullema Reddick's profile in faith captured the attention of someone unexpected: Reddick's brother, Jermaine Boyd, whom she had not talked to in nearly 20 years.
The two were separated at a young age following the murder of their father. Reddick was only four. She went to live with her grandmother, Boyd with his mother.
When Reddick's grandmother died, she and her brother lost touch. That was, until Reddick's story aired Wednesday morning.
It was a picture of Reddick and her father that caught the attention of one of our viewers: Boyd's mother, who was able to get in touch with her.
Reddick shared the emotional news with Johnson Thursday morning.
"She absolutely lost it," Reddick said of Boyd's mother. "So much to the point that she had to have someone else call me because she was still in hysterics from finding me."
The family had been searching for Reddick for years.
Search and add topics..."My brother, who I haven't talked to in 18 years, was able to connect with me because of your interview," Reddick said. "I have two nephews who I've never seen before."
Reddick was elated to share the good news.
"You've given me a piece of my life back," Reddick told Johnson. "A piece of something that I lost, and I'm so grateful…for the opportunity that you've given me and what is has brought to my life."
"You never know what impact you have on someone's life," Reddick added. "So I just wanted to let you know, again, thank you."