It is very rare to be born conjoined (1 in 40,000) and it is even more rare to survive after birth (1% of the 1 in 40,000)!
The fact that Abby and Brittany are alive and well is a miracle.
When the Hensel twins were born on March 7, 1990, in Minnesota in the United States, doctors warned their parents Patty, a registered nurse, and Mike, a carpenter and landscaper, that they were unlikely to survive the night.
Remarkable: The girls have two spines, two hearts, two oesophagi, two stomachs, three kidneys, two gall bladders, four lungs, one liver, one ribcage, a shared circulatory system and partially shared nervous systems The Hensels are believed to be one of only a few sets of dicephalus twins in history to survive infancy, and when they turned 16, they allowed the cameras into their fiercely guarded private world to share this milestone in their lives.
There were also the famous Sussex conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who like Eng and Chang, married nonconjoined partners. Their husbands turned out to be gay and their marriages ended.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins from Minnesota.
Their new reality show Abby and Brittany chronicles the next part of their journey as the girls take the leap from students to young professionals via a summer travelling through Europe with their friends.
In the first episode of the show the twins, who share one body fused at the torso, are shown celebrating their 22nd birthday, graduating from Bethel University in Minnesota and getting ready for job interviews.
Then there’s the question about how conjoined twins have sex.
People's imaginations went wild."Good question," replied Luvvie.
"Since their Love Pocket is shared property, I’d say so. The questions are endless."Perhaps the most famous conjoined twins, Siamese (now they would be called Thai) brothers Chang and Eng Bunker—for whom the phrase "Siamese twins" was coined—married sisters Adelaide and Sallie Yates, respectively.
Alice Domurat Dreger is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and author of "One of Us," a book about conjoined twins.
As Dreger explains in an article for "The Atlantic," while she was writing her book she "came across this 1984 line by a nurse writing in a medical journal: 'Two people never being able to obtain privacy to bathe, excrete, copulate, or eat defies imagination.'"This was a popular topic of conversation around 2012 when false rumors began to swirl that Brittany of the internationally famous conjoined twins Brittany and Abby Hensel had gotten engaged. The conjoined sisters share a torso and reproductive organs and each controls one leg and one arm.