Conjoined twins are a rare event in the world’s delivery rooms. They occur about once in every 50,000 births, but 40% are stillborn, and, curiously, 70% are female. Conjoined twins are always identical: the product of a single egg that for some unknown reason failed to divide fully into separate twins during the first three weeks of gestation. In the U.S. there are perhaps 40 live cases each year; ordinary identical twins are 400 times as common.

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'Although they are two completely separate people, these accomplished teens share a body and have just two arms and legs between them.

Born in 1990, the girls have been brought up in a small, tightly knit community in Minnesota, almost completely protected from prying eyes and inquisitive stares. To their friends and family, they are distinct people with very different personalities, needs, tastes and desires. But to the outside world they are a medical mystery — particularly given the fact that they can do virtually all the same things as their friends, including playing the piano, riding a bike, swimming and playing softball “Their personalities make them inspirational,” says their mother Patty. “They never give up; anything they want to do, they go out and do it.”

The medical world is keen to find out how two separate brains and nervous systems can work in such a perfectly co-ordinated way, but the twins and their family have always resisted non-essential medical tests. “The family want to treat them as though they are just like everyone else,” says Joy Westerdahl, the girls’ doctor, who admits that it is a mystery how their unique physiology functions.

As they enter adulthood, the twins are likely to leave the haven of their home town and face the wider world. In preparation for that time, they have taken part in this intimate documentary to show the world what it is like to be joined for life.’

Abigail and Brittany Hensel; The Twins Who Share A Body - Watch here.

Abby and Brittany Hensel: 5 things you should know about the conjoined twins from TLC’s new show

The twins are no strangers to media scrutiny, having had TLC specials, appeared on Oprah, and even graced the cover of Time Magazine as children. As teenagers, they withdrew from media spotlight, hoping that their TLC specials would answer strangers’ questions enough to allow them to lead fairly normal social lives. As fans will see when “Abby and Brittany” debuts — they’ve succeeded in that, with plenty of friends and a surprisingly normal life.

My last hour:

Just spent 45 minutes watching the most incredible video about Abigail and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins who are now 21 and gave an interview at 16 about their lives. They share one external body, yet have two heads, two spines, and two sets of everything internally, above the waist. They each control one leg and one arm and one sister cannot feel the sensation on the other’s arm or leg, yet they clap, walk, run, drive together without communicating.

The most amazing thing was watching them type an Email, I was thinking of me typing this right now and watched one girls’ hand control the keys with the other sisters’ hand on the other side of the keyboard doing the same, but they composed a completely legitimate email without even speaking, yet they have two independant brains, personalities and ways of thinking.

Why I look at these things I don’t know, but sometimes I spend hours researching things I just don’t know about. It’s so interesting.

I doubt you’ll be as intrigued as I was at 45 minutes of this video, but just in case you are: watch this!

Conjoined - Meet The Girl With Two Heads

Conjoined – Meet The Girl With Two Heads

    Abigail and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins from Minnesota. Being conjoined, they have had many struggles throughout their lives.

Soon after they were born, doctors gave their parents the bad news; the twins would not survive very long. The girls are now 25 years old and are featured in a show, titled: Abby and Brittany, which will show viewers how their every days lives are.
These girls…

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