Abigail and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins. Amazingly, they share a single body even though they have separate heads. Each twin controls her own half of the body, but working together, they are able to do just about anything. In other words, Abigail controls one arm and one leg, while Brittany controls the other arm and other leg. Yet, they walk with a steady gait, they can clap, type and do almost anything. They can even drive a car and ride a bicycle. Each twin’s sense of touch is related to their own side of the body and they are constantly learning new things about their body as they conduct their own experiments.

They have a single body with separate heads and necks, but their chest is wider than a normal body. Abigail’s head tilts laterally outward about five degrees to the right while Brittany’s head tilts laterally about 15 degrees to the left causing her to appear shorter.

The twins have two heads, two spines with separate spinal cords, two arms, one ribcage, two hearts, two breasts, four lungs partially fused, one diaphragm, two stomachs, one liver, one large intestine, three kidneys, one bladder, one set of reproductive organs and two legs. It is simply an amazing sight to see how they function.

They have stayed positive in going through life and they have the same goals and aspirations as other teenagers. In 2008, they both graduated from high school. They also have both successfully passed their drivers license exams. After high school, they began college at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and they majored in education.

Currently, they star in their own reality series on TLC, which documents their daily struggles, but also their incredibly positive attitude. It is called Abby and Brittany. (video clips from some episodes can be seen here: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/abby-and-brittany/videos)

These girls are such an inspiration because they don’t lament the challenges in their lives. Normal to them is being just how they are and they accept that reality. As one of their friends stated on the TLC show, Abby and Brittany are stared at constantly, but they take it all in stride and seem determined to live life to the fullest extent. To watch their personalities shine through and to discover how they are able to function should give inspiration to anyone who looks introspectively at the challenges in his or her own life.

2/16/2014 04:37:41 am

they are cool

2/16/2014 04:38:30 am

weird and cool

gotta poop
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9/18/2016 02:02:19 am

You girls are a true blessing and inspiration to others. Not only have you accomplished so much but you haven't let the curiosity and rudeness of others ruin your outlook on life or your personality. God bless you both.


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