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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.

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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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Sujarno Mahavero
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even there conjoined it doesnt mean there less beautiful and honestly if they were 1 person people just say they good looking girls,to get back to the point there still beautiful girls nomatter what and they could have a great life together and meet the man of there dreams

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Great work.I really appreciate your blog .thanks for sharing this post

Oksana
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You have a greeat blog here! I love the content!

Rose
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Rose

How do these girls swim? Not as an offense at all, these girls are beautiful people who should live there lives.

Alisa Lovingood
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Alisa Lovingood

excellent writing .

Magic Eraser
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Magic Eraser

weird. i thought that would be impossible, but its true. thats really sweet. but what if they wanna have a baby…? o.O thats the hard part

taylor
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taylor

THATS SO COOL HOW THEY CAN DO THAT BUT WHAT WHEN THEY TAKE A TEST OR A SHOWER

Anti Vigilante
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What is it with all these unsatisfied, horny, Nazis spewing their adolescent ego all over this story?

Alice
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Alice

Why is everyone talking about their future relationships? It’s not YOUR decision who and how they choose to marry – it’s theirs. Let them be the amazing and unique way they are, and let’s just see how they do 🙂

Best of luck to you both! I think you are both brave self-assertive young women! I’m a 14-year-old, and your strong personalities are ones I truly look up to.

Stay strong,

Alice

Zaphod Beeblebrox
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

I think I’m in love…

Tom
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Imagine , Your pump one vagina and two girls moaning together looooooooooool but some stuffs are really odd when you kiss one the other will be jealous and when you kiss the other this one will be jealous so no way to marry one Man but whenever they decided to with one man , they can count me in i m handsome , good looking and strong enough to satisfy both of them haa , but there are alot of questions in my mind about them imagine you’re hungry but the other one eats and you’re not hungry anymore .… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

They have 2 souls, and 2 souls cannot marry 1 man with 1 soul.

Iv√°n Lima
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Iv√°n Lima

mmm? I am a spanishboy I am live in juarez city in chihuahua mexico near to el paso texas sorry for my bad words in english i think Abby and Brittany they are a beautifuls girls in one body God Bless you Abby and Brittany are a goods liders for the us some times I have everything in my body and not presius my body not say thanks God for my family or my body you Brittany and Abby are a motivations for try to be a gods persons congratulations! Abby and Brittan you are incredibles girls ! its real… Read more »

David
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David

I don’t have time to read through all the comments, so my apologies if this has been addressed already. Brittany and Abigail are two people. As far as genetics go: they’re one individual. Seriously, all of you who’re talking about DNA – do you not know that conjoined twins are identical twins? Their DNA is identical. They will be aunts and mothers to their kids, simultaneously. Whether they marry one guy or two, there will be interesting interpersonal ‘jealousy’ issues involved – but I’m guessing whoever they end up with will be pretty great – he (they) would have to… Read more »

Sean Haigh "Hull England"
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I WISH I HAD TWO DAUGHTERS WHOOSE CHARACHTER WAS JUST LIKE BOTH OF YOUR’S, I KNOW I WOULD NOT COMPLAIN.

Sean Haigh "Hull England"
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Sean Haigh "Hull England"
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I THINK YOU ALL SHOULD MIND YOUR OWN [screw]ING BUSINESS AND SHOW SOME [screw]ING RESPECT – YES IM SWEARING – I DONT THINK IT’S BIG AND CLEVER THOUGH TO SWEAR AND I KNOW THEIR ARE PEOPLE ON THIS SITE WHO ARE NOT TRYING TO BE OFFENSIVE BUT THOSE SICK [screw]ERS THAT ARE TRYING TO BE OFFENSIVE AND TURN THIS INTO SOME SICK [screw]ING JOKE PERSONALLY I THINK YOU NEED YOUR STUPID [screw]ING HEADS TESTING – I THINK THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE DECENT AND I WOULD MARRY THEM BOTH OR INDIVIDUALLY – AS FOR THEIR SEX LIFE OR RELIGION – NONE… Read more »

Kendrix
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Kendrix

All those ppl saying they should share one husband are crazy. This article clearly displays that they have different tastes in many matters, puting them with a man that one likes and the other doesn’t would be endlessly cruel, as would some sort of “compromise” would be. And besides, two girls, more over, SISTERS sharing the same bofriend? That would cause impossible jealousy. What are reproductive Organs exept simple tools that can be used to provide the person you love with pleasure and to produce children with them? They’re just flesh, the Identity is in the brain. The sisters’ genes… Read more »

Rachael
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Rachael

i saw the video of them- their siblings don’t seem very happy. the twins always get all the attention, and everyone gives them whatever they want because they’re different… but their siblings are just more normal people. they don’t really smile…

Amazed
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Amazed

Hi, I don’t know if it’s just me or anyone else thinking the same thing… I really amazed and shocked by this situation, and I just so damn confuse why would God let such thing happens? I started to think maybe God doesn’t control everything completely. I mean, there is God and he did created existence, but He just simply doesn’t control every detail thing in world. I mean maybe God just like a kid with an ant farm. He simply created the farm, bought the ants, but can’t control the ants. If he controls everything in detail, why would… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

Wow, you people have alot of time on your hands. I have been following the girls since birth and find it amazing that they have not only survived but thrived in this world. For whatever reason, they are how there are and are HAPPY! Would that us “single” humans could be such.

As to the question of God and whether He caused this to happen or merely allowed it – we will not know until we get to heaven and ca ask Him – are you going?

ScienceGEEK_23
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By the way, it is impossible for a male and female two be conjoined twins. When the egg splits, it’s one gender or the other, not both. Male and female twins are 2 eggs ovulating at the same time, and can not conjoin.

It it would happen, the original egg would have to be a hermaphrodite.

interesting
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interesting

Ever heard the saying “two heads are better than one”? Well.. when it comes to decision making.. they have the ablility to have two sets of reasoning put into each decision. I think there are all kinds of interesting psychologically based considerations that many of us would never think about when it comes to all kinds of thought processes they go through on a daily basis. What if one is more inclined to be shy or have anxiety than the other one. I bet the stronger personality takes up for the other one at times when she knows the other… Read more »

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Nella Mccort

Great info. Tweeted about it. I’ll bookmark this post too.

Tami
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Tami

AMEN TO essie said on Abigail and Brittany Hensel: My favorite conjoined twins. April 10, 2008 at 4:32 am They are two different people living in the same body. If one sister eats the other sister receives nourishment. They have 2 hearts pumping but one circulatory system, they each have a lung of their own and one shared lung, basically they have a body built to accommodate the needs of two people sharing a body in a efficient manner. Two people one body. Thus said, marriage should depend on the twins own decision of marriage and whether it is to… Read more »

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Xeno, I’m with you except I probably am a bit more extreme in my views. Richard Dawkins is my hero and I’m currently reading his book “The God Delusion.” I truly believe susceptibility to religion is a mental illness/defect that has a genetic basis. I refuse to engage in “debate” with religious people about it, however, because there really is no debate. They simply believe what they believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, and provide nothing to back up their claims other than “faith”, which is nothing more than a belief or feeling. “…what we are talking about: feelings… Read more »

pauly semick
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pauly semick

How about playing guitar and singing? I imagine they could make the most amazing music… Harmonies? Lovely people.

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Tami
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Tami

All this talk about the twins sex life and procreating. Come on now there are more important things Im sure they are thinking about now in their young adulthood, such as attending college in the direction of their independent futures. The girls have come thus far as two persons with their own free will and minds. They have done just fine. Also I am sure by knowing their situation they have laid in bed at night in the privacy of the darkness and talked about what they will do regarding their PRIVATE lives. These girls are Gods gift to us… Read more »

salut
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salut

I’m french. It’s a good blog 😉

Beetrootsgirl
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Beetrootsgirl

Ok, now without having a hissy-fit I would very much appreciate it if someone could answer this curiosity for me: This is a case of twins conjoined at the torso, got that, from idk say about the bellybutton up they “control” their own side, got that as well. What I’m wondering is that since from the bellybutton down they are “one” per se, how does walking work? Do they both have to want to walk, or does one control that, or say if one wanted to walk and the didn’t would they move or how’s the deal? I would like… Read more »

jazzy
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jazzy

i want to know, if one wakes up in the morning does the other one instantly wake up or do they have to fight the other to wake up…. its just a question so please do not get upset..

Phil Church
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Phil Church

I am a friend of the girls. I think they are enjoying their celebrity attention, but at the same time, it makes them very unconfortable to be stared at and hear people ask all sorts of embarrasing questions and make rude comments. They just want to be treated like normal human beings.
Be respectful and friendly and they will respond in a positive way to you.
Be kind to them. They are wonderful, beautiful people and they have a very bright future.

Mandi
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Mandi

I think these girls are beautiful. i would love to have someone with me we i needed them. their life is probably hard sometimes, but they seem perfectly happy. May God bless them and hope they live to be 100 or more.

dont blame me if i misspell, im 12

mik ahren
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Tough break for the girls! Nature can be cruel. But, doctors should have removed the one head at birth, and let one of the girls have a normal life! Imagine what it is like to be them! It would be better to be one whole person than two half people.

NAME
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NAME

how do you stay the same weight if you are eating twice as much food?

Taylor Morgan
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Taylor Morgan

Ok , can we just work with the facts. First of all whoever that was that was telling someone off about harbouring contempt toward Christians and saying that that was contradictory with them spouting legalities . Um hello ! … guess you never heard of the SEPARATION between Church & state .. Yes , it is all an invasion of privacy of the girls but it’s not as though they’re the only ones to deal with this . Do any of you go out and buy commercial magazines ? You’re funding and fueling the invasion of privacy of all those… Read more »

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Very usefull infomaction. Thank you.
Keep it up

patrick
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patrick

I love Brittany and Abby.I love her and when we get married just me and she Abby an Britt.im not sharing her with no outher Guy.She is one beautiful Lady with two brains and Minds.everythings 50/50 attention kisses we just take turns.except when one needs a lil more emo support.i b a lil overprotective so we harvest egg and in vitro to surrogate for our baby.i love love love her >3 xd:)…mi Bellaza n mi amor preciosa Forever in my heart my Love For Her!Kisses moochos.

Macey
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Macey

I think these girls are wonderful and i fully understand how they would like to be treated normally. i actually just saw the 16th birthday on TV and they really seem normal and i just wanted to say its great that they are doing everything regular and just being themselves. i myself live in MN and in a small town and i was just wondering if they have had any luck with going/submitting to collage. i wish them luck!!!

John Phoenix
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John Phoenix

You know.. they could turn out to be lesbians. Marriage problem solved. Hey, they are close enough to each other they could actually make out. A lot of sibling kids “experiment” so I would think this could be possible. More interestingly they would really know what the other is feeling in a profound way. Seriously though the things I wanna know are: Which one of them controls what motor functions? Can they each control all limbs separately? If not, does one have to wake the other up (if asleep) before they can walk? Do they fight about which way to… Read more »

Johnny D. Miller
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Johnny D. Miller

I am a twin and I am saddened to see so many comments on sexuality and reproduction being thrust upon these two very separate young ladies. If anyone of you want to get a concept on any of these matters, just go and tie yourself to somebody who you have no choice about and start living your lives together and recording your daily affairs and activities for the rest of your natural lives together. Dodge the cameras and weirdos who are constantly in your face with the same questions and comments over and over again. Record how often you go… Read more »

halle
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halle

brittney i love the same classes you do i’m 10 years old and i think you and abby are awesome

Mike
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Mike

The parents must be quite a pare. They either sought no pre-natal care or are extreme right to lifers. Either way their inaction has caused the unfathomable suffering of two trapped spiritual beings.

QILZAQ
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QILZAQ

The idea that they would/should have separate husbands is absurd. That would simply mean that they are sharing 2 guys instead of just 1. That’s perverse. Plus, you can’t count out the guy’s point of view. What guy would go along with that ridiculous arrangement: Not only having another guy constantly around (even in bed) but also he is regularly having sex with YOUR WIFE! Only a very desperate man would agree to this. I’m sure any girl would prefer 1 stud over 2 duds. They share a body, a life, and they will be much happier sharing a man… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

I am ..an identical twin; And, in my opinion, the questions regarding the girls’ sexuality are, for the most part, repugnantly salacious and/or juvenile. What one should ponder instead is their intensely close and deeply loving relationship! Because it is only after coming to an adequate level of understanding of that relationship that one can begin to ask such questions without temerity. These two beautiful girls, as most conjoined twins, depend upon each other in ways singular persons can never fully appreciate or even pretend to understand! Being conjoined may appear to those who are not as being “scary”, a… Read more »

klara
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klara

for all the stupid assumptions about how to find out the mother of future children: they are IDENTICAL twins! people, have you never had genetics at school? it’s not possible to find out the genetical parent of a kid born by a identical twin, unless you check, who gave birth to it, which – in this case will be both of the girls, too. so ladies, if your husband is an identical twin (conjoined or not), go ahead and cheat him with his twin brother – no DNA test will find out, who’s the father of the kid.

lorenzo
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lorenzo

OK, here is the deal! As far as marraige: yes polygamy is illegal. In America however, enforcement of certain laws is usually up to the particular jurstictions. I am sure if they decide to marry one person, that the jurisdiction that they are in would have enough heart not to prosecute them for polygamy! Likewise, I doubt any Federal Agency would waste the effort to do so, and come out looking like a bunch of heartless [insult deleted]s. Pardon the word, but any person with common sense could come to this conclusion. If, by chance, they decide to marry two… Read more »

wellwisher
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wellwisher

i could only imagine that they would handle sex and marriage in the same manner they have learned to handle everything else in their lives. compromise, arguement and when all else fails, bribery.

Mystery Person
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Mystery Person

Hilary Duff is much better than anyone else.

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