Twins Abby and Brittany Hensel made medical history when they were born. They became one of very few sets of twins to be conjoined that not only survived the pregnancy, but were successfully and safely delivered.
Since then the girls have flourished and recently celebrated their 27th birthday — another medical miracle, and disclosed some interesting news with the world. This news will not only impact them, but others as well.
People are fascinated by the twins and how they have grown up together, essentially one body with two heads. They’re known as dicephalic parapagus twins and Maternity Week notes that only 11 percent of the small percent of living conjoined twins are dicephalic parapagus.
Both girls have their own set of upper body organs, so their one body contains two stomachs, two hearts, and four lungs. But they share their lower half, so they only have one reproductive system.
Each sister controls one half of their limbs and have had to conquer many unimaginable challenges in learning to simply walk, let alone run, brush their hair, and do many things that we take for granted. They’ve since graduated college and can even drive a car!
The world has watched them move mountains as they appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and even were the focus of a documentary called Joined for Life. They had their own television series, too.
After graduating from Bethel University with a degree in education, the twins excitedly announced that they want to become teachers and have a positive impact on others. According to AWM, as fourth- and fifth-grade math specialists, they believe that their uniqueness will help keep kids engaged in class and prove that it’s not a person’s appearance that should matter.
Even their principal said he was excited to have them on staff, working closely with the school district to make sure they had whatever they needed to be an asset to the school. Kids just seem drawn to the girls, too, whether it starts with their uniqueness and then quickly shifts into how bubbly and magnetic they are.
Congratulations to these brave and ambitious ladies as they embark upon their professional career. Their students will be fortunate to have them as teachers and role models.