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2019 Update on Conjoined Twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Update: At this time in 2019, the twins are teaching full time at an elementary school in Minnesota.

After returning from their post-college adventures, conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel excitedly shopped and prepared for their first day of school as fifth grade math teachers. As their mother remarked, when they were younger, the twins each wanted separate careers from the other, but are now thrilled about embarking on their new shared career. The school is as equally excited to have the twins as part of their staff.

Abby and Brittany Hensel are officially hired as elementary school teachers! After graduating from college and a year off touring Europe, these two incredible girls are preparing to take their first big step into the real world.

More here.

The Hensel twins have been working as teachers, both love their jobs teaching math.

While one of them is teaching and writing, the other one tries to answer as many questions as she can….

In a Discovery Channel interview, they said that they would like to get married someday and to have kids. The Hensel Twins turned 18 in 2008. Video updated new link to YouTube, June 9, 2018.

https://truestrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/henseltwins3112_228x589.jpgA set of twins who share the same body have celebrated their 18th birthday in the United States. Abigail and Brittany Hensel from Minnesota …€  have two hearts, and two spinal chords, but share the same torso have lived their lives side by side.

The teens who enjoy swimming, playing the piano and recently got their drivers’ licenses said they had no intention of being separated.

The girls have beaten the odds and doctors’ expectations to reach their milestone. It is believed there are only four sets of twins who share the same torso and have survived into adulthood. And they are on track to graduate from university, and hope to have a family of their own one day.

“We want to be mums, but haven’t thought how it would work,” Abigail said. The girls passed their driving exams with two separate licenses and two separate tests. Abigail worked the pedals, and Brittany used the indicators and they both held the steering wheel.

Their parents, nurse Patty, and carpenter Mike 48, decided not to have the twins separated at birth despite the risks. “From the first time we saw them we thought they were beautiful,” she told the Sunday Mirror. –telegraph

Like many twins they have very different personalities and tastes – even more so now they are teenagers. Abigail, the feisty, stubborn one, likes orange juice for breakfast while Brittany, the joker of the family, will touch only milk.

Abigail loves pink and all things girly but Brittany prefers purple, multi-coloured hair and wearing unusual hats, and now they have turned 16 they love to experiment with makeup and clothes and giggle about which boys they like.

But that is where the similarity with other teenage twins end. For Abigail and Brittany Hensel are conjoined, sharing one body fused at the torso. Each controls just one side of the body, and yet remarkably this has not prevented them leading a full, active and happy life.

Displaying an astonishing co- ordination which has stunned doctors, they play the piano -with Abigail taking the right-hand parts and Brittany the left – and enjoy sports such as bowling, volleyball, cycling, softball and swimming.

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. Brittany explains: ‘Abby does the pedals and the gear shifter. I take over the blinkers and the lights. But she likes driving faster than me.’ – dailymail

 

“Two headed” conjoined twins Abigail Loraine Hensel and Britanny Lee Hensel had a short documentary about their lives on The Learning Channel. It is not easy to be born sharing a single body with your other twin and they are incredible that they had tried their best in leading a normal life. Here are some photos of the Hensel twins which peers into some of the moments in their lives.

Photo source here. Photographer unknown.

But the girls are more than curiosities. Their smiling faces and apparent good health seem a rebuke to the current medical trend of trying to separate, via surgery, ever more complexly conjoined twins–a trend that often means sacrificing one child so the other can live “normally.” And their tale of lives unpunctuated by solitude has much to teach all of us about the real meaning of individuality and the limitless power of human cooperation.

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. – time

hensel twins 5 life photo at the pool

I ran into them recently in Grand Marais, MN. It was the most amazing. They bounced out of their van with several other kids, laughing, bouncing, talking, and just having a ball. They were obviously accepted as [one] of the group. They must have outstanding parents. I feel honored to have witnessed their lives.

Posted by: Dick Moore on May 17, 2004

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>>>”At least Chang and Eng were the men…”
>>>”Ask your religious leader if that’s offensive to their lord?”

I believe the religious leaders would be more offended by Chang & Eng’s cheating at poker.

Crystal
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Crystal

This is really no medical mystery – this is just a case of an embryo that was going to split (and make identical twins) that didn’t fully split and continued to develop as two babies without making the entire separation. Not medically interesting. What is interesting is that ultrasound equipment WAS available eighteen years ago. I can’t imagine how this wasn’t picked up on the ultrasound and if it was, how their mom could have NOT aborted. There is no question that I would NOT knowingly birth a child with a serious physical or mental handicap. The world is difficult… Read more »

Cheng
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Cheng

Hojo, I wouldn’t deny anybody their belief. However, I suspect that the thousands that die or suffer in natural disasters every year, do not share in God’s intended happiness for us.
I’m afraid I believe God is manmade.

Hojo
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Hojo

Logic and Science is a key that made by human to understand every single things, event, and creature.

Religion is a Lesson came from God, generally God wants us to be happy and prosperous.

Dont you see there’s difference where those things come from?
One from God
Another one from Human thingking

Hojo
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Hojo

Well, as an student of biology, i ‘ll seperate between Religion and Science. Because religion is always subjective for each person, thats why this earth has many kind of religion. There’s a great and huge wall which seperate science and religion. As a conclusion, I truly believe there’s a God and i also believe that we’d been given skills by God to reveal a lot of mystery (including Science). Personally, I think that my God give me skills to “Think With Logic”. I’ll use this skills just for good of human kind. I’m still at college, i’ll be graduate as… Read more »

Cheng
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Cheng

Well said Xeno. I don’t pretend to follow all of your arguments or understand the intricacies of genetics, but science has more answers than any religious text. Strange that God treats his creations like lab rats, when, if he wanted our blind following, he could just tell us and we’d follow.
Is there a danger here of the human species dividing into new creationist and evolutionist species?

Maggie
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Maggie

I think they’re very cool and beautiful!

ANON
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ANON

[moved to the Evolution vs Creation Debate]

B
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B

DANG! Not sure what to say…its not nice therefore Im not saying anything.

ticepb
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ticepb

This is a bit of a [insult deleted]ic discussion about the girls “constituting a new species” and showing that evolution occurs all around us, etc. They are not a different species, indeed, they are the same phenomenon as identical twins with the physical defect of improper separation in the first few days of life. Their children, if they are able to carry to term, will be completely normal (well, there is still a million to one chance that their children will be siamese twins, but this chance will be no higher than your or my children). Please learn a little… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I think Abbey and Brittany are amazing! They appear to be mature beyond their years, happy, well-liked and hard working, as now they are attending college. I have seen several shows about them and their sweet family and thought a lot about their future. They have both stated emphatically that they want to have children. They are two DIFFERENT people so as this may sound strange, I believe that they both could marry different men. The very first well-known “siamese twins” were men, and they married sisters, and had quite a few children. Abby and Brittany have had to become… Read more »

ANON
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ANON

[moved to the Evolution vs Creation Debate.]

gabby
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gabby

[1st part of comment moved to the Evolution vs Creation Debate].

I watched a special about these girls and when the subject of sex was broached they quickly changed the subject. If they do not have psychological issues related to sex and other things I will be shocked. What if one of them is gay and the other is not for example? Talk about a conundrum!

Tib
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Tib

They are not the oldest conjoined twins in the world by a long shot, the Schappell sisters are the oldest female conjoined twins and are in their 40’s.

shasta
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shasta

Hi my name is shasta. I am a college student studying radiology technology (x-ray) and I am doing a powerpoint presentation assignment and I choose the topic “conjoined twins”. I just want to say that I think Brittany & Abigail are AWESOME!

Paul R Wilson
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Paul R Wilson

I doubt if I’d ever be at a party and Brittany-Abigail walks in, but I daydreamed a way to greet and talk to them. I wonder whether they are together -or separate- in their dreams.

Anna
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Anna

do you know how many conjoined twins there have ever been?

JaniceR
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JaniceR

Ronnie and Donnie Galyon who live in Dayton, Ohio were born in 1951.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_and_Donnie_Galyon

Michelle
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Michelle

Shame on the poster who judged their parents as cruel for not separating them at birth. From what I gather (sharing sex organs and who knows what other organs) I don’t think they could have been separated without sacrificing one of them. I think their parents made the right choice and obviously have done a wonderful job raising them into such well adjusted young ladies. They said in their documentary that they welcome people to ask them questions instead of staring or taking pictures. They have a great attitude. As for dating and having children, that’s an issue only they… Read more »

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To Xeno and others (a few): Your ability to respond to others w/o taking offense to the name-calling, etc. You are to be commended for your “broad shoulders”, and I thank you for your politeness. Continue to show others how to let it roll off your back when they call you stupid or idiotic. Thanks again…

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WELL I WROTE YOU A LETTER SOME HOW I HIT THE WRONG KEY AND I LOST IT . I’M VERY SORRY I HIT THE TAB BUTTON. I REALLY DON’T FEEL LIKE WRITING ANOTHER LETTER SO I’M GOING TO SIGN OFF JUST WRITE ME A LETTER. WRITE ME BY MAIL TERI LYNN 1256 EAST 28TH LA CA 90011 OR E-MAIL ME AT terilosangeles@AOL.COM OR terilynn.terilosangeles@gmail.com I KNOW YOUR BIRTHDAY IS MARCH 7 1990.IF IT’S OK CAN I SEND YOU A WONDERFUL GIFT. TERI

anayse
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Are the girls dating?I think that is was very cruel of their parents not to separated the girls when they were born.How are they going to get married and have kids?They should just go to college and gets jobs and do the best they can.

leo
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leo

WOW! They are great, what a great family and how refreshing they are.
xx

steph
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steph

I’m curious and i’m sure it is a worry that their doctor my be worried about. What would happen to the other if one suffered from sever head trauma and died, (car accident, bike accident…) we know that Abigail controls one half and Brittany controls the other half.

JavaJinx
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JavaJinx

Are the girls in college now?
Where ? What are they majoring in?
Do they live on campus or commute?
They are very remarkable & brave.

Carrie LeMire
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Carrie LeMire

intructor (from above) was meant to be instructor. Sorry about the typo. Bad keys on my keyboard.

Carrie LeMire
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Carrie LeMire

I’m not totally sure why I am even making a post to this, but here goes. Xeno is right about 99% of the information that is he/she (sorry, that name isn’t very gender specific) has entered. The reason I say only 99% is because without genetic testing to prove/disprove this “theory”, there is no way to say it’s correct or not. The ideas set forth have merit and could be entirely possible. As it is that Abby and Brittany will not consent to testing, those questions shall never be answered. But to back Xeno, there is strong merit to your… Read more »

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J Lynn

These girls are a delight and an inspiration to all. They corner the market on cooperation, companionship and courage. I just saw a current documentary of their lives and was happy to see them still doing well since first hearing of their unique lives back in the early 90’s. They, along with their family’s support, have become lovely, confident women in a world that can certainly be cruel. Kudos to Abigail and Brittany. Best of luck in your college years and your certain sucessful future.

Julie (Detroit, Michigan)

terr
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terr

Jess, I can read quite well, including this sentence from the top of the page, second sentence in the first dotted box: “Abigail and Brittany Hensel from Minnesota are the oldest conjoined twins in the world.” However, the Schappell twins (and possible others) are older, so that statement is incorrect.

Jess
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Jess

For everyone who apparently can’t read, it doesn’t say they’re the oldest conjoined twins, nor does it say they’re the only ones to survive into adulthood. it says, QUITE CLEARLY that they are one of FOUR sets of twins joined at the TORSO to survive to adulthood.

jaima
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jaima

Moved to the Evolution vs Creation Debate.

jessica rohrig
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jessica rohrig

hey my name is jessica rohrig i live in Indiana Milan will e mail me back bestfriendsracheljessica@hotmail.com ok i love Abby and Brittany are my BFF

Krystol
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Krystol

Umm, the article said that they are the only set of twins who share a TORSO who have survived into adulthood. It didn’t say they were the only set of conjoined twins to have survived into adulthood. Lori and Dori Schapell are joined at the head, not the torso.

jenna
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jenna

ok look that just made me cry im only 11 and i found this video from a picture. i was doing a book report on the book the girls. a book about conjoined twins. i was shoked too se how these people could move and how they do things its amazeing what god can put on this earth. but when i saw how much there family cared about them and how they were normal it was shoking!!!!! i really is a wowing story and i hope they make it far in life

remember im only 11!!!!!!

Anahit
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Anahit

I fel bad for that litle boy in the picture when they were five. Very interesting, and Mike’s points are true. There are problems with being diferent in our society, unfortunately.

ticktick
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ticktick

[moved to the Evolution vs Creation debate.]

Jason
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Jason

I think they are quite interesting. I have wife already, otherwise wouldn’t have problems in becoming the boyfriend of both or even marrying them, have kids, and all that.

Mario
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I think is just dependes,but still kind of difficult if they married to a man or 2

Tina777365
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THEY ROCK! They’re so inspiring!

tiniju
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tiniju

thats not right ! the oldes conjoined twins are :
lori and dori schappell – born sept.18 in 1961 in reading , pennsylvania .
greetings from tiniju

bearrie
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bearrie

And yet, it is a *choice* to be a homosexual?

These beautiful young women are an inspiration to me. I get so lonely sometimes. I wish I had a soulmate that I could share everything with, who would always stay with me and never leave me, who would always be there when I needed to talk. They are the blessed ones.

Mike
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Mike

I know that this will sound disturbing but I am curious.. It was said that they hang with friends and are like any other normal teen. They are 18 now and I assume that they will and or are dating. With out being crude or graphic I must ask how will that work? There are ethical questions that could be ask. These are two different individuals that share the same space what about sexual consent or even marriage? I assume that they share the same likes and dislikes but could a marriage even be legal? If they had children Who… Read more »

Scott Limkeman
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Scott Limkeman

I don’t think it is offensive to Jesus. I think one husband is best as they share the same reproductive organs. They would have to find someone they both love and who loves both of them, and seeing as how real love is a choice and not an emotion, it’s quite possible.

joeyobvious
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joeyobvious

Will be an interesting wedding night….
Two on one. At least Chang and Eng were the Men….

Ask your religious leader if that’s offensive to their lord?

pablodepaul
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pablodepaul

i have ,been following the two girls story for
quite some time
and i find her life verry interresting

really
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i have a twin

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