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This couple met on TikTok mid-pandemic. Watch the moment they finally meet in person

This cross-border couple — one in Saskatchewan, the other in Ohio — met on TikTok in the middle of the pandemic. Now they have a baby boy and are finally together.

Jenni Middleton and Jada Hamilton finally met in July after 11 months of being separated by the border

Jada Hamilton, right, and Jenni Middleton met online and fell in love during the pandemic, while living on opposite sides of the Canada-U.S. border. (Submitted by Jada Hamilton)

The pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways, but perhaps not in the same way as it has for Saskatchewan's Jada Hamilton and Ohio's Jenni Middleton.

The cross-border couple met by chance on TikTok in August 2020, and quickly fell in love over marathon FaceTime calls. But they couldn't be together for months, due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

By the time they finally met in person nearly a year later, they had an extra person in their world — a baby boy named Zayden.

Cross-border TikTok couple finally gets to be a family

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A chance TikTok connection, a pregnancy, 11 months of Facetime calls, and now Jada Hamilton and Jenni Middleton are finally together. The couple met when Jada, who is from Regina, was pregnant, but COVID-19 complications kept them apart, until now. 4:31

Watch the video above to see their emotional journey.

The National is taking a look at a series of pandemic-delayed reunions this week — all personal, all emotional, all stories of people who have waited too long to be together.

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