(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Abigail And Brittany Hensel: The Conjoined Twins Who Literally Share Everything!

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conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel have not only proved doctors wrong, they have astonished them by development growing into young adults.  This is truly amazing! Check out the details, photos and video of the miraculous conjoined twins who were never expected to live this long…

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The 22-year-olds, who share one body fused at the torso, will be starring in their own reality TV show chronicling their graduation from Bethel University in Minnesota, their post-grad job search and their travels through Europe with friends.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

The girls first captivated the world in 1996 when they appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the cover of Life Magazine.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Since then they have lived a quiet, normal life with their family in Minnesota, keeping away from the media spotlight until they agreed to appear on a documentary for TLC when they turned 16.  The broadcaster has now given them their own show called ‘Abby and Brittany’ which will premiere on August 28.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

When the Hensel twins were born on March 7, 1990, in Minnesota in the United States, doctors warned their parents Patty, a registered nurse, and Mike, a carpenter and landscaper, that they were unlikely to survive the night. But that prediction was to prove wildly wrong.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

 

When growing up, they, like many twins, had very different personalities and tastes. They also stunned doctors with their astonishing co-ordination while playing the piano, with Abigail taking the right-hand parts and Brittany the left.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

And on their 16th birthday they passed their driving test, a mind-boggling feat of teamwork with each twin using one arm to control the steering wheel.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

The Hensels are believed to be one of only a few sets of dicephalus twins in history to survive infancy, and when they turned 16, they allowed the cameras into their fiercely guarded private world to share this milestone in their lives.

conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

It has not been unknown, however, for the twins to go out in a specially made top with two different necklines – to reflect their unique tastes – and leggings with each leg a contrasting color and a different shoe on each foot. Just one set of twins in every 40,000 is born connected in some way to each other and only 1 per cent of those survive beyond the first year.

The Hensel girls are the rarest form of conjoined twins, the result of a single fertilized egg which failed to separate properly in the womb.

They have two spines (which join at the pelvis), two hearts, two oesophagi, two stomachs, three kidneys, two gall bladders, four lungs (two of which are joined), one liver, one ribcage, a shared circulatory system and partially shared nervous systems. 

From the waist down, all organs, including the intestine, bladder and reproductive organs, are shared.

While they were born with three arms, one was removed surgically.

Although Brittany – the left twin – can’t feel anything on the right side of the body and Abigail – the right twin – can’t feel anything on her left, instinctively their limbs move as if coordinated by one person, even when typing e-mails on the computer.

It is rare for twins conjoined the way that Abby and Brittany are to survive into adulthood, but despite this they are in good health, without heart defects or organ failure.

Read more: DailyMail

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