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Meet the Conjoined Twins Who Live So Happily (Photos)

The birth of conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel intrigued many across the globe. Here's a glance at the girls' stories, from their everyday lives to romantic relationships.

While their rare birth is a story of inspiration, their survival is a miracle in its own right. Up to 60% of conjoined twins are delivered stillborn, and doctors didn't expect the sisters to survive the night.

The babies were conjoined, sharing a body, with two separate necks and heads. The doctors immediately suggested a separation, but knowing that would mean one girl would die, Patty and her husband Mike refused.

Fast forward 27 years, and the twins are university-educated, can drive a car, and are now teachers; defying all medical expectations. Their journey to get to this point in their lives is extraordinary, and proof that determination can make dreams come true.

They do however only have three lungs between them, one liver, intestines, a set of kidneys, pelvis, ovaries, uterus and bladder. Although their shared body now has two legs and two arms, the twins were born with three arms. This third arm was identified as being a hindrance to their overall movement, so when Brittany and Abby were young, it was removed.

Abby has always wanted children while Brittany has not. While they don’t share all their organs with each other, their reproductive system is one they in fact do share. Brittany says she does not want a child and that to make her conceive and carry a child should be a crime. 

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Abby Brittany Hensel Mike Patty

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