The birth of a child has been called 'The Miracle of Life' for ages, and rightly so. And when right after birth you know that your child is special, it makes you worry at first, but it also makes you happier to have something so special in your life.
Out of all the unique birth limitations, conjoined twins is an extremely rare phenomenon. Conjoined twins are identical twins who are joined in the womb. Their occurrence is regarded extremely rare by the medical sciences. Most conjoined twins are stillborn. Even after birth, many conjoined twins die within 24 hours of their birth. Lucky are those who are able to survive.
And here is the story of one such lucky pair of conjoined twins who've been known to the world. Abby and Brittany Hensel have lived their lives intimately close to each other. Aged 27 now, they are an excellent example of survival despite adversaries.
Here's what you have to know about them.
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel were born on March 7, 1990, in New Germany, Minnesota, USA. Since birth, the girls had separated heads but a conjoined body.
Despite having conjoined bodies, they have separate vital organs such as separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord. Their parents were told that the girls won't live through a few more hours. But they are healthy, fully-grown adults today.
Despite having separate organs, they still have two arms and legs. The two girls are able to control their own halves of the body, operating one arm and one leg each.
The girls first made their appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show at the age of 6. That was the first time that the girls gained national attention.
Growing up, they learned how to crawl, clap or walk. It was difficult because they had to coordinate with the other. It must have been a hardship back then, but they are more than happy today.
Abby and Brittany have said that they hate it when people stare at them or strangers start taking pictures of them without their permission, but they don't wish to be separated.
We can see how happy and adorable the two girls look together.
Abby and Brittany's parents immediately discarded the idea to separate the girls because the doctors said it was likely that both would not survive the operation.
As the twins grew up, the parents knew they chose what's best for the girls because they could live happily as conjoined twins!
When they turned 16, they agreed to have a documentary made on their lives with the name 'Joined for Life' in 2006. This was the second time, after 2002, The Medical Advanced had made a documentary on the girls. This one discussed their adolescence, school, social life, and activities such as getting their driver's licenses.
Yup, the girls don't hold just a single driver's license. Read on!
After its success, they agreed to let TLC into their home to film a documentary about their teenage years and they later got a TV show out of it! It has aired by the name "Abby and Brittany" in 2012.
To drive, the twins had to take the written and driving test twice, one for each twin. When driving, Abby controls everything on the right of the driver's seat and Brittany on the left.
Together, the girls are able to walk, run, swim, drive and ride a bicycle! They can even type on a computer. All they have to do is to coordinate efforts.
Despite sharing their entire lives with each other, both the girls are quite different from each other. For example, Abigail loves mathematics, while Brittany loves to write.
Majoring in Education, the twins graduated from Bethel University in 2012. Read on to know what the girls are presently doing in their lives.
Just like any other girl of their ages, Abby and Brittany also have boys in their minds sometimes. They've told Discovery Channel that they also wish to be loved, dated, to get married and have children.
Since they are two separate people, one can get sick while the other twin stays healthy! Brittany has suffered from pneumonia twice while Abby hasn't had it at all.
Today, these girls, regardless of all the national and international publicity, are keeping a rather low profile. The two girls teach 5th grade in a public school district.
We wish the girls al the best for their life ahead.
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