A woman who believes she is Madeleine McCann has brought another woman to tears as she awaits the results of her DNA test.
Doctor Fia Johansson has joined Julia of Poland in her quest to discover her purported true identity. The doctor is currently assisting the 21-year-old in discovering her true genetics.
Julia can now be seen playing the piano and singing in a video she posted on Instagram. She believes she is the missing British child and has presented a swath of evidence in recent weeks to support her theory.
“She played for my sister, and she cried,” captioned Dr. Johansson’s video.
Julia is awaiting the results of three DNA tests and a genetic test. It follows her claims that she thought she might be Madeleine, who went missing during a family vacation to Portugal.
Before it was deleted, her @IAmMadeleineMcCann Instagram account had over one million followers.
Her claim that she resembles e-fits predicting what Madeleine would look like today, at age 19, and members of the McCann family are among her evidence. She also claims they share the same rare eye condition, a coloboma in her right eye, which causes the pupil to appear misshapen when part of the tissue is missing, according to the Daily Star.
According to the National Eye Institute, the condition can be disguised with colored contact lenses or surgery. Close-up images shared by Julia do not appear to show a coloboma as obvious as the one seen in Madeleine’s photos.
Julia claims to have few memories of her childhood, and Dr Johansson discovered no hospital records from the first five years of her life in Wroclaw, the city she allegedly grew up in, leading her to believe Julia was trafficked to Poland as a child.
She also claims she was abused as a child by a German paedophile who resembled a man once linked to Madeleine’s disappearance. Despite the alleged evidence, experts have been skeptical of Julia’s claim.
Super-recogniser Simone Malik told the Daily Star she doesn’t believe the woman is Madeleine and said the pair don’t look alike “at all”. “I believe this isn’t Madeleine McCann – obviously DNA is the only way to prove it,” she said.
“When I first saw Julia Wendell, I didn’t see any kind of family resemblance – at all.”