Abby and Brittany are conjoined twins who have mystified world

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Abby and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins who have mystified the world for the past 30 years. Defying all the odds to purely survive to this day, they have been kind enough to share their journey with the world. Now, they have released an announcement that left the world stunned.

What type of announcement did they share and how is this going to impact their lives moving forward?

Everyone is dying to find out just what they have to say!

Abby and Brittany Hensel Share Their Journey

The twins have been kind enough to share their journey with the rest of the world. Even though they faced their challenges, their lives continued to captivate audiences not just in the United States but all over the world!

They shared their triumphs and tribulations with the rest of the world, letting people have just a taste of what life is like as a pair of conjoined twins. Now, more than 20 years later, they shared the next chapter of their journey.

How Did Abby and Brittany Learn How To Drive?

Of course, many people were curious about how Abby and Brittany learned how to drive a car. They both had to sit for the exam separately. In fact, each twin has her own driver’s license even though they have to drive a car together!

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This means that, somehow, the twins had to take the driving test and written test separately. Can you imagine that? That must have been a unique experience for everyone who was in the room that day!

 

Their Friends Always Look Out for Them

Sometimes, Abby and Brittany Hensel’s friends are willing to discuss what life is like as well. For example, a pal of theirs, named Erin, simply explained that she wants to make sure the twins are safe. Because they attract a lot of attention, not all of the attention is good.

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Even though Abby and Brittany are used to the attention they receive, some crowds can still be draining for them. Therefore, it is nice to have friends around who watch out for them!

The Twins Are Amazingly Resilient People

Of course, Abby and Brittany are different from anyone else. Therefore, they do everything they can to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, they do receive a lot of unwanted attention. According to their friends, they have become incredibly resilient people.

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This means that the twins serve as a shining example to everyone else who might be different, yet they too can survive in this world. The twins have a lot of potential that they work hard to realize every day.

The Twins’ Mother Is the Same as Any Other

If you were to ask any mother what she wanted for her child, she would likely say that she wants her child to be happy and successful. That is exactly what the twins’ mother wants as well. She simply wants them to be happy, healthy, and successful.

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Even though she keeps up with what her children are doing, she doesn’t pry like the rest of the world does. Instead, she simply wants her kids to check in with her occasionally. She only wants to know that they are okay.

 

The Twins Use Their Platform in a Positive Way

Even though the twins did have to think carefully about how they were going to use the platform, they wanted to show the world what it was like to live as conjoined twins.

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Even though the world watched with amazement, Abby and Brittany Hensel wanted to show their viewing audience that they lived a life that was just like everyone else’s even though they are never able to physically separate from one another. They enjoyed showing the world what they do.

Abby and Brittany Lead a Fun Life

It is always interesting when people meet the twins for the first time! They expect to hear something unusual! In reality, the twins take great pleasure in letting people know that they do the same things as anyone else. They try to show that their lives are not that different from anyone else.

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Sure, the twins know that their conditions do complicate some aspects of their lives; however, they do enjoy a sense of normalcy, engaging in typical activities for their age.

The Twins Attend Bethel University

The show covered a variety of topics as the twins grew up. The twins left home for the first time and attended Bethel University. After that, they both had to go out and get jobs. This is something that they did together as they would have to work together at all times.

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It was an opportunity for the audience to get an inside look at exactly what it was like to find a job as conjoined twins. Of course, it led to a unique college experience as well.

Abby and Brittany Share a Future Together

Fortunately, the twins were both interested in the same topics. They both wanted a future in education. Even though they did think about specializing in different areas of teaching, they realized that they would have to study the same topic side by side.

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Out of all the options available to them, they decided to study elementary education. They wanted to work with kids at of formative age, which this career path afforded them. Now, what would the future hold for them?

One Last Hurrah

Following their graduation from Bethel University, they Europe the twins decided to travel to Europe and visit their friends in England and Italy. The sisters showed off their adventurous side touring all the local spots on a moped.

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Believe it or not this was not Abby and Brittany’s first time traveling solo together far from home. The girls originally studied in Europe and even held a brief teaching stint in London. The girls deamed this trip their “last hurrah” before coming back and starting their full-blown career.

The Twins Reveal Their Exciting News!

Of course, the entire series was leading up to a big reveal at the end. The show wrapped up in 2012. At the end, Abby and Brittany Hensel revealed the big news together. They ended up getting a job!

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Without a doubt, the job search was difficult, given their unique circumstances; however, the show went ahead and explained what the new position was for the girls. They were even finishing each other’s sentences as they talked about the future they would share together.

The New Job Specializing in Elementary Math

After finishing their education, the twins got a job specializing in elementary school math! Together, they are going to teach separate math classes. They specialize in teaching math at the fourth and fifth-grade levels. Furthermore, the position they have taken is part-time.

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This means that they will have an opportunity to transition into their new roles together. Teaching is a challenging position for anyone. It may be more difficult for conjoined twins, and the twins are going to face these challenges as one.

Their Mother Reflects on Their Decisions

Every kid has dreams and plays pretend when they are little. The twins’ mother reflected on their path to their current professions. When they were younger, the twins used to pretend that they wanted to be a pilot and a dentist.

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Ultimately, it turns out that this was relatively short-lived. Even though parents want to foster the dreams of their children, it turns out that Abby and Brittany have made the right career move for them and their futures.

Abby and Brittany Hensel Embark on Their Future Journeys

Now, Abby and Brittany are excited to start their new journeys together, as they are going to impact the lives of children everywhere. Of course, their boss did have to call HR to discuss the hiring situation with them!

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It turns out the twins are going to split the salary of the part-time position together. Without a doubt, any child who is lucky enough to end up in one of their classes is going to learn not only math but life skills as well!

Why Take a Step Back?

It is safe to assume the girls decided to take a step out of the lime-light because Abby and Brittany just want to live ordinary lives. This is completely understandable based off the fact spent much of their adolescent years in the public eye with heavy media coverage.

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The girls are reportedly doing very well and have adapted to their role as Mrs Hensel & Mrs. Hensel. Their strudents reportedly love them and everyone who gets the opportunity to be in their class is considered very lucky.

Why Were the Twins Never Separated?

Due to Abby and Brittany’s shared vital organs (such as an enlarged liver, a bladder, a diaphragm, both reproductive and digestive systems, and intestines) as well as they fact that each twin controls one arm and one leg, separating them would be extremely difficult and dangerous.

Due to the risks, Abby and Brittany’s parents decided that it would be best to not risk the twin’s lives, but have them live the lives they were born into.

Separation of Conjoined Twins Is Possible

In 2020, two conjoined twins entered the world. In 2021, the two twins, named Addison and Lilianna Altobelli were surgically separated. They were 10-months-old at the time of the separation.

The two girls were joined at the abdomen and chest. They also shared a liver, diaphragm, chest, and abdominal wall. They were good candidates for separation because they had two separate and healthy hearts and a large enough liver to divide between them.

A Shocking Ultrasound

Parents Maggie and Dom Altobelli learned that they were having conjoined twins at a 20-week ultrasound appointment. According to Maggie, they were trying to figure out the gender of one of the babies, but it became more complicated as the minutes passed by.

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Maggie called it an “out of body experience” as she and her husband became more and more enlightened about the situation, as the doctors noticed that the twins had one stomach.

Welcome to the World

The girls were born at Children’s Hospital on November 18, 2020 in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit. From there they were transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to prepare for their impending surgery.

Thanks to the miracles of modern science, the girls’ surgery was already mapped out, and the doctors could therefore enter very well prepared. Skin expanders were inserted to prepare Addison and Lilianna for their surgery.

A Year to Prepare

Nearly an entire year since the girls entered the world, they were separated from each other successfully on October 13th, 2021. The operation took a total of 10 hours to complete.

The twin’s parents described the moment they saw their girls unattached from each other for the first time as “amazing” and “indescribable.” Of course, the entire experience from start to finish is so difficult to imagine, these words seem befitting enough.

Returning Home

After the surgery, Maggie and Dom flew back to their home in Chicago, Illinois. Each parent traveled with a twin, respectively. Once the twins returned home, they spent another two weeks at the Lurie Children’s Hospital.

To continue the trend of being miraculous, the girls were able to be discharged right before the holidays to be with their beaming and overjoyed parents.

An Unbreakable Connection

Though Lilianna and Addison have been surgically removed from each other, it doesn’t change the fact that they were sharing blood streams and bodies since the time they were inside their mother’s womb.

Unsurprisingly, the girls still like to be incredibly close when they are together. The girls both need breathing tubes to sustain themselves for now to help with oxygen levels, but they are thriving.

Nothing But Gratitude

While the circumstances thrust upon their family were great, Maggie and Dom were able to overcome it. Maggie said, “This is our journey. It’s a very special one in many ways.”

“These girls are going to live long, healthy lives. It’s pretty miraculous and unbelievable that we are living this life.” There is no doubt that the prosperous attitude of Maggie and Dom helped and will continue to help the twins lead incredible lives.

How Often Do Conjoined Twins Happen?

Conjoined twins happen once in every 50,000 to 200,000 births according to a peer-reviewed study in the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Sadly, around 60% of conjoined twin pregnancies end in stillbirth (the death of a baby before delivery). From those that survive, 60% of separated conjoined twins survive after surgery. It truly is miraculous that these twins survived!

Modern Medicine Has Propelled the World Forward

Once upon a time, conjoined twins were treated horribly, as though they were nothing more than objects to be stared at. Chang and Eng Bunker were Siamese-American conjoined twin brothers. Their fame propelled the expression “Siamese twins” to become synonymous with conjoined twins.

The twins were exhibited as curiosities and “two of the nineteenth century’s most studied human beings.” It is thanks to modern medicine and the continued study of such phenomena that future conjoined twins will have their shot at leading separate lives.

The Tragic Story of the Hilton Sisters

The Hilton sisters were English-born sisters that were another pair of conjoined twins. Their story was very tragic starting from the moment they were born and were faced with a large uphill battle from then on.

The girls were exploited by their caregivers and lived a life that most would see as sad and exploitative. Read below for more about the tragic story of the Hilton sisters.

The Girls Were Not Expected to Live

Daisy and Violet Hilton were born in February of 1908 in Brighton. The girls were born connected at the hip and buttocks. They shared a circulatory system, and their pelvis was fused, however they did not share any major organs.

The girls were given only a few weeks to live, however they pulled through. Doctors considered surgically separating them, however they feared that they would kill them if they tried.

Their Mother Thought They Were Her Punishment

Their mother, Kate Skinner, was an unwed barmaid who believed that the birth of her daughter’s was a punishment from God for her sins. She did not want to have to deal with everything that came with her “punishment.”

The conjoined English Hilton sisters, who can sing, dance, and are accomplished musicians, pose on a couch, London, England, early to mid 20th century. From left, Violet Hilton, and Daisy Hilton. (Photo by Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images)

While the girls’ mother saw them as invaluable, someone else had their eye on them and felt that the girls would be an excellent cash cow.

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Mary Hilton, Kate’s employer, saw the immediate commercial value in the girls and bought them from Kate. Mary immediately put the girls on exhibition in the local pubs.

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Spectators were charged two pennies to come and stare at the children and touch the place where they were conjoined. Mary also sold postcards with the children’s photos on them.

Mary Hilton Treated Them Very Badly

Mary Hilton was incredibly awful to the twins. She was both physically and emotionally abusive towards the girls. They were both forced to call her “Aunt Lou” and call her husband “sir.”

The girls were whipped with a belt if they misbehaved and forced them to spend a majority of their time singing, dancing, and learning how to be performers. Even after Mary’s death the twins were treated very badly.

Forced Skills

Mary died, and her daughter Edith took over. Edith essentially held the girl’s captive. They were threatened with being institutionalized if they tried to escape. The girls were subjected to beatings and to practice their routines.

Soon enough, Daisy was skilled in the violin and Violet could play the saxophone. In 1926 they even performed with Bob Hope in a tap routine.

They Emancipated Themselves

Though they mostly were not allowed to engage with the public, they did manage to strike up a friendship with famed magician Harry Houdini. Houdini urged the women to get themselves emancipated.

The conjoined English Hilton sisters, whose talents include singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments, are now endeavoring to take up the sport of tennis on the courts, Taplow, England, early to mid 20th century. Violet Hilton (left) and Daisy Hilton find they are unable to play backhand, as one would hit the other in playing the stroke. (Photo by Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images)

In 1931 they decided to do just that and free themselves from their contractual obligations. They were also awarded $100,000 in damages, though they should have been awarded way more. They saw a small slice of what they made their captors.

They Formed Their Own Sideshow

The twins decided to perform on vaudeville as the “Hilton Sisters’ Revue.” Daisy dyed her hair blonde to differentiate herself from her sister and the two began to wear different clothes. They wanted people to be able to tell who was who.

(Original Caption) Rochester, New York; Siamese Twins Hear Of Arrival Of Another Pair– The famous Hilton Siamese twins, who are now in Rochester, New York, are shown reading of the birth of the Picciotto Siamese twin girls at Staten Island, New York. The Hilton girls, Violet, dark hair, and Daisy, now 34, are joined at the base of the spine. They are both married. They wrote advising the parents not to let doctors operate to separate the Picciotto twins—but fate intervened. The Staten Island babies died today, shortly after the parents had consented to an operation which was to have been made in ten or fifteen days.

When vaudeville began to decline in popularity, they moved on to burlesque venues. They were figuring out ways to self sustain themselves.

One of Them Got a Boyfriend

During this time of freedom, Violet entered into a relationship with a musician named Maurice Lambert. The pair wanted to get married but were not able to maintain a marriage license.

(Original Caption) Siamese Twins and Man One Wants to Wed. New York: The famous Hilton twins who call themselves the Siamese Twins, shown, with one, Violet, in an affectionate pose with Maurice Lambert, widower and orchestra leader of Westport, Maryland. He is the man Violet wants to wed. The two, and sister Daisy, who is engaged to Harry Mason, prize fighter, went down to the marriage license bureau today, to take out a license to marry. Their request was refused for reasons unstated. They threatened to go to New Jersey to obtain the license.

The pair applied in 21 states and were denied on the grounds of “gross indecency.” They never wed.

Violet Did End Up Marrying

Violet did end up marrying, but not to Maurice Lambert. Violet ended up marrying a man named James Moore in 1936. Many people believed that this was simply a publicity stunt as they charged 25 cents for fans to attend the ceremony.

However, the marriage lasted 10 years. The pair had their marriage annulled. Daisy also married in 1941 to a dancer named Harold Estep, or Buddy Sawyer (his stage name.) The marriage only lasted for 10 days.

Disappearing Into Obscurity

The women attempted to perform in show business and did for a while before public interest completely dwindled. Their last public appearance was in 1961 at a drive-in in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Their tour manager abandoned them and with no money or means of transportation, they were forced to get jobs as produce clerks at a local Park-N-Shop. They stayed there for the rest of their lives.

Other Cases Of Conjoined Twins: Lea and Tabea Block

Born on August 9, 2003 in Lemgo, Germany to parents Peter and Nelly Block, Lea and Tabea were born conjoined twins. The girls were physically connected by an incomplete splitting of a single fertilized egg that gave them life 10 months earlier.

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Lea and Tabea are the rarest kind of conjoined twins.  Craniopagus (meaning conjoined at the head), occurs only once in every 2 million live births. The girls were separated on September 16, in 2004. Unfortunately Tabea passed away shortly thereafter.

Tatiana and Anastasia Dogaru

Tatiana and Anastasia Dogaru were born on January 13, 2004, in Rome to parents Claudia and Alin Dogaru. The girls were delivered connected at the head. In August of 2007, the family traveled to America and doctors at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio announced that they would not perform a separation of the girls.

The surgery was deemed too risky by doctors  because they said they could not guarantee survival of both girls. The girls have been side by side their whole lives but have never been able to look at each other directly in the eyes . The girls have had a struggle for survival and for Claudia and Alin, every milestone they reach is a blessing.

Jade and Erin Buckles

Born February 26, 2004, to Melissa and Kevin Buckles at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Jade and Erin Buckles were born conjoined from their chest to their navel, shared their liver and Erin’s heart was inside Jade’s chest and beat in sync with it.

 

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They two underwent a massive surgery to separate them on June 19, 2004. The surgery was a success and the girls were discharged from the hospital only 12 days later. As the twins grew it became clear Erin had suffered a stroke to her spinal cord during the separation surgery and was left paralized from the waist down.

Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen

Born on November 29, 2005, in Fargo, North Dakota, to parents Amy and Jesse Carlsen Abbigail and Isabelle were born joined at the abdomen and chest. On May 12, 2006, a team of 30 people, including 18 surgeons from various specialties at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, successfully performed an operation to separate the girls.

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The girls are now 16 years old and are reportedly thriving since the separation surgery in 2004. Their success story still leaves family members, and medical teams alike astonished and inspired. Dr. Christopher Moir, who led the team of surgeons said to this day everytime he hears about how well the girls are doing his “heart leaps” because he knows just how lucky they are to have beaten the odds.

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