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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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When I was in grade six a few years ago, my class had a science fair. I did my project on conjoined twins, I went on the internet one day and I saw the hensel twins and learned alot about them and I just thought they were incredible! So i mostly did my science fair project on them. And everyone loved it, and i got an A on it! It was an awsome day for me!!! So if the Hensel twins are reading this message, I am saying thank you to them!!

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I was really shocked when I saw this! My inital reaction was they were really weird (dont bite me 4 this) but then I saw everything they’ve gone through and I think they’re pretty amazing. I’d have gone crazy! I mean, me and my sister are really close but we have our arguments and like to get away from each other! Benefits: Always someone there. Someone to hug. Combine your knowledge for homework and tests 😀 Negatives: Probably can’t have any sexual relationship – how would it work? I don’t understand. I just wanted to say and no one has… Read more »

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I’m quite impressed with the twins and think they’ve done quite well over the years. They obviously have maintained a mature and positive outlook on life, and have deflected the negativity that some humans can be known for putting off. I think they’re awesome! As for their personal lives… True, I am even curious how it works, but it’s their business. It’s human nature to be curious. It’s a gift that drives our society. It’s up to them to decide how to handle it. They may never tell, and that’s fine. They are truly amazing, because they are different, but… Read more »

interested
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interested

Hi, you know what i am curious how they have sex!! and who feels what!! i think its pretty interesting!! i have come across a picture that involves the girls doing something (which i wont post cause thats just rude) its upsetting cause they clearly didn’t know it was being taken!! maybe if other conjoined twins of legal age could let us know a little then the sick minded curious ppl wouldn’t take pictures of them unexpectedly!! and of course I’m jut curious not sick minded lol

Digimancer
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Digimancer

lol via mutations / time?

Nathan Cole
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Nathan Cole

I certainly mean no offense to anyone posting comments on here, but what’s with all the sexual talk? I sure hope some of the comments that get posted on here don’t make their way back to the twins… Geeeezz.. There are indeed some really supportive and very nice comments on here, but unfortunately there are some others that should be removed entirely. I forget what station I saw the documentary on, but hopefully I will catch it the whole thing again. It sure put me into thought the rest of the night… Shucks..i was up half the night because the… Read more »

lalachic
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lalachic

I understand what you’ve been saying throughout this thread, and I think it’s completely plausible. I think MOST people just aren’t yet ready or able to understand how DNA works and where we really come from because of our DNA. It’s a fascinating subject.

Katie
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Katie

By the way, when I said greater meaning in life, I meant any kind of religion.

Katie
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Katie

On the internet, you can start a conversation about drainage pipes and somehow it gets back to evolution and God.

Ugh.

On the note of evolution- If we’re pretty much monkeys, then explain why we(some) have the want to find greater meaning in life and they don’t.

I could go on and on about this mess. But I have a life. A life that I love thanks to a wonderful thing I like to call my faith.

Someone
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Someone

“Light”, Christians can say the very same thing to you…that your mind was obscured because of what you were taught in school or what your friends and family brought you up to believe (i.e. evolution).

Light
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Light

Xeno, most people’s beliefs in a higher being are obscured by blind faith and upbringing of a devout family. You can’t expect them to fully, or even attempt to understand evolution because they will simply pass it off as either a hoax or another act of “god.” Although if you ask who created god, they go off on a tangent and evade your questions.

Xeno, rock on. It’s good to know that the world is not completely devoid of rational, free thinking beings.

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Sobek's Revenge

They wouldn’t have to worry about marrying the same guy. One would get married to the guy and then he would just have another chick on the side. Or they could be swingers and get off making the beast with two and a half backs. They could have a most lucrative future in porn, and you all know what I mean, the absolutely rare QP! You’d never be satisfied with DP ever again, perverts.

James D. Lane
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You guys/gals just don’t get it. You would have that the parents aborted or knocked a hole in our heads so we would not have to “suffer” through life. All of the wonderful things that each of us who is not “like” the rest of you have contributed to society on ALL levels. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Mining Engineering and I am the lead engineer at the company I work for, all through accomplishment and qualifications. I didn’t even have any help through my life with “entitlements”. Haha. Medically, I don’t think the… Read more »

cheryl
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cheryl

I think the whole thing is wrong. These parents have done a disservice to these children by keeping them together. How will they have sex? How will they major in different things in college? It just doesn’t add up and I am very sad for them.

James D. Lane
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Oh yeah, my email: jdlmodelt@yahoo.com and my own website for dealing with my own birth defects:
www. facialdifferences. blogspot. com

Have a great day!
James

James D. Lane
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I for one am proud of these two in one girls for living a “normal” life. What is normal anyway. My life is simple in its complexity in comparison to these two girls. I only have microtia and microsomia. Facial birth defects. Congenital in nature, not genetic. I have to say that it seems there are a lot of people who have posted on this site that likely have far more struggles dealing with their “perfect” physical condition than the girls and myself and others with birth defects do. I took a chance and because my condition was congenital, my… Read more »

nick timms
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nick timms

abbby brittney if you wan to email my my eamil is nickdali3@hotmail.co.uk

nick timms
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nick timms

abby brittney i love you both

me
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me

a few questions…
if one of them is nervous, does the increase in adrenalin affect the other as well?
if one heart failed would they be able to survive using the other?
if one stops breathing can they survive on one pair of lungs?

henselfan#1
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henselfan#1

did u see there documentary it waz awesome

None
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None

I don’t think that it will be too hard for them to find a guy that would marry them or live with them. Most guys dream of two girls giving them oral sex.

Sharon Caballero
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I’d just like to say a great big “hello” and all my best wishes to the girls! I heard they’re going to college. Their personalities remind me so much of my two granddaughters, both independent and very different, yet so much like each other. Keep up the good work, girls! Love ya both!
Sharon Caballero
Savannah, Ga.
ourstage.com/profile/lynnepowell

JenniferL
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I would think that whoever marries them would have to love them both individually for their strengths and weaknesses and physically as one person (no offense intended). One site I found said that in simplified terms above the waist they are two people, below the waist, they function as one. It would be impossible to have a physical relationship separately and the more people you bring into a ‘relationship’, the more comnplicated emotions get. I would imagine they could get an exception to the ‘bigamy’ laws. I don’t think any judge in the world would deny them that. However, the… Read more »

Nathan Cole
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Nathan Cole

I would hope that nothing ever happens to the twins. I wondered too what would happen if one died, but then I got to thinking that I should not dwell on such ideas. The simple fact is that the twins are alive and well and that is all there is to it! 🙂 I would imagine that they currently try to avoid publicity, but it sure would be a pleasure meeting them someday. Many take life for granted and these two are living life to their fullest and that is the way to go! I heard somewhere they like bowling?… Read more »

Paige
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Paige

What happens if one dies? Would the other automaticly die too? Or would the other just keep living with the other hanging thr? i dont mean this insulting but its a question

claire
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you 2 are pretty

Zaphod Beeblebrox
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

I still have tertiary syphilis.

So there.

Rob Cypher
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Rob Cypher

Apparently a cellphone porn pic was already taken of them.
Exploitation or ?

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Matilda
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Matilda

Hi Jonathan, I’m not telling you you are wrong, your beliefs are right, for YOU and no one should tell you otherwise, just as you shouldn’t tell anyone they are wrong in the way they believe. You know the saying you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make him drink? Well, your approach is why you are getting such a response, you can’t force someone to believe the way you do and you can’t bully someone into believing, you in fact will get the opposite result you are looking for, as you may have noticed with me.… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Xeno, You do not understand Christianity (not “Jesusism”, please) and therefore cannot speak for it. I will not explain to you why what you about it is wrong. When you said “Face it, science works” I agree but science, of course, has its limitations. For example: can anyone scientifically prove that I view the color green as you do? For all you know I could view green as your red and your red as my green (see science has its limitations‚Ķthink about it). And if you want to use science, then you must realize that science points more to… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Matilda, You want me to answer your questions but that would only cause you more harm for how I would answer them (Not in the way you would like). But you do not answer me questions or prove my thinking to be wrong. But I will answer a few of the questions you asked (rhetorical or not): “So, what is it you‚Äôve done as a good Christian other than telling people they don‚Äôt believe right?”…..I do not believe I am “good” and that is the WHOLE reason why I need a savior(Jesus) who died on the cross for my… Read more »

Roxanne Douberly
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Roxanne Douberly

I saw the documentary on TLC of Abby & Brittany, It was great! It is very obvious that they are two separate people. When I watch them I see 2 individuals just wrapped in one skin. I kept thinking,COOL,esp. how they work as a team!!! And how we with individual bodies have such difficulty mastering the concept of teamwork. We all have a purpose in life, each with our own obstacles to overcome, they are no different than people with individual bodies with exception that they did not allow their obstacle to limit themselves,as we with the individual body do… Read more »

Matilda
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Matilda

Jonathan, I question why my belief, why I believe the way I do seems to be so wrong to you. Is it that you feel everyone should feel like you do? I mean because in a previous post you actually said what my answer should be if asked why I believe. My beliefs should not be questioned or analyzed at all by anyone, especially someone I don’t know. You don’t know me, you don’t know my heart and even if you did you have stepped over the line telling me that I am wrong. I am a very good person,… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Xeno,
What you said about being sincere and wrong applies to you and your trust in Darwinism though you may base it on some faulty evidence that could be proven wrong.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Matilda, If you are meaning that you believe in Christianity just because it ‚Äúfeels‚Äù right someone like Xeno could easily argue that millions of other religious people who do not believe in Christianity sincerely believe that their religion is right because they feel that it is right. Such a person could ask: Why is your feeling that Christianity is right, correct while a Muslim’s feeling that their religion is correct, wrong? What I am trying to say is that sincerity does not equal truth. Billions of people could all be completely sincere that their religion is true and end… Read more »

bernice
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i think the girls are very bright and adorable they r normal girls who argue disagree on things i love that they do not let their condition bother them and their friends enjoy them that is a good thing abby and brittany keep up the good work and ur dreams will come true love u from brooklyn

Matilda
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Matilda

Hi Jonathan, I get what you’re saying. I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in Jesus, in God, the whole trifecta. I know why I believe, I believe because I have God in my heart. I knew as a child, way before I ever stepped inside a church that there was a God without being told who God is. I don’t question why I believe, nor will I. I don’t follow anyone else’s beliefs, I don’t believe because someone tells me I need to and I don’t believe because of any passage in the Bible. I just believe and… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Susan the reason I am “babbling” about God is because after reading Jamie’s post I wanted to present information that may help her see the truth, especially since it is more important than anything that she know this truth of Christianity.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

To Matilda, I completely agree with you that simply posting a proof of God and why Christianity is true will not cause someone to become Christian, we must pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts to have them accept the Gospel. I am not quite sure how you use the word “evolution” though. And I think I should clarify something…when you say that you believe in God (hopefully that Jesus is God because hundreds of religions may believe in a God but not the correct one such as Judaism), I get the impression that you do not… Read more »

Matilda
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Matilda

Susan,
Have you read the posts in here, people talking about God making these girls? Does it offend you because of the subject being about God? There is discussion about whether God is real because of the views some people believe there is no God because He wouldn’t have allowed these girls to be born as one. There is discussion about evolution going on too, does that offend you?
Why aren’t you saying anything about people calling these girls a new species? That’s offensive, but talking about God being kind and loving, that offends you?

Susan
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Susan

OMG! The people babbling about God need to go to a different post. This one is about twins.

Susan
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Susan

I am an identical twin and my twin and I are very close. Singleton’s just don’t understand how twin’s work. I find it interesting that they say “I” like this or “I” do that. My twin and I say “we” all the time. Sometimes, even now that I am an adult, I will say “we…” and someone will be “who is we?” My twin and I know what each is thinking and love each other as ourself. We always shared everything and still do. Twins are special people. We always say if everyone was a twin, the world would be… Read more »

Matilda
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Matilda

Hi Jonathan, I too am a Christian and I just believe. I don’t need to know how God works or try to analyze the bible. I didn’t grow up going to church and I don’t remember when I started to believe, I think I just always did believe and I feel very fortunate that I do feel this way. I’m not sure how I could go through this world if I didn’t feel what I do. I do believe in evolution in a way, in God’s way, that evolution is by God’s hand, his plan in life and I can’t… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

This is in response to Jamie specifically and also for everyone- Before going on I would like you to get rid of all your biases towards religion and think logically if this makes sense. If you would go to this website: “http://www.existence-of-god.com/” you will see that there is much evidence to support the existence of God. But in disproving a completely naturalistic philosophy (which I think you believe in), please follow my progression of thought: we know that in a completely scientific view of things that there are causes and then effects based on those causes. You probably believe in… Read more »

Bea
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Bea

I’m watching the TLC rerun of the girls 16th birthday. I came on here looking for a recent update on where life has taken them and I found first hand the very reason Abigail and Brittany and their mother chose to be so closed off. Of course closing yourself off obviously didn’t stop some of the ignorant and disrespectful conversations produced here. So, here’s hoping one day Brittany and ABigail see the people like myself who just are amazed at God’s handiwork and miracles! You each are an inspiration to us less fortunate. It makes me think of what my… Read more »

crystal
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crystal

Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon are the worlds oldest conjoined twins at 57 yrs. old not Lori and Dori shappel as previously stated by someone else.

Matilda
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Matilda

I am watching Abby & Brittnay on TLC, I’ve seen this before. The girls seem so amazing, as does all their family and I would love to let them know I think they are a wonderful example of a family, makes me cry happy tears watching them because I can almost feel their strength and love just from watching this show.

I wish them the best of everything in life and I want to thank them for being who they are.

Thomas
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Thomas

Great story and wonderful pictures.

BUT, you have some information wrong: Brittany and Abigail are NOT the oldest conjoined twins in the world. The oldest conjoined twins in the world are Ronnie and Donnie who turn 58 this year.

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