Conjoined twins, are definitely a rarity. But unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Abby and Brittany Hensel. The famous conjoined twins who shared their story with the world when they decided to do a show on TLC. The network is well known for capturing the lives of the less known, but highly interesting such ass Little People Big World, My strange addiction, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. There was no shortage of material with the camera crew following these two around. Yes, they may literally be joined at the hip, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. They captured the hearts of all who tuned into their show, but of course the camera didn’t capture everything. Believe it or not the twins are even more interesting than they let on. Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Abby and Brittany Hensel.
Although these conjoined twins share a body, things are a bit different on the inside. Obviously, they have two separate brains but the separation doesn’t stop there. The twins may share legs and arms, but they do not share some vital organs. Brittany and Abby each have their own heart, spine, stomach, lungs, and even spinal cords.
Babies take months figuring out how to crawl, clap and walk. The twins had a difficult time with these seemingly normal milestones because they had to coordinate with one another. Imagine having to coordinate with someone else at just a few months of age. Team work became their way of life from infancy, because it was the only way to get anything done. Without being able to rely on one another they were only able to control one-half on their body.
Although the twins make everyday things, like walking, look easy for a pair who are sharing legs, there are some differences. Abby has more of a flat footed walk while Brittany walks on her tip-toes. It looks strange, but it feels quite comfortable to them. They maintain that they are two different people, so why wouldn’t they walk differently? They do all of this without losing speed, and walk similar distances to others just fine.
Before the twins were born their parents were given the option of putting them through a separation surgery. The doctors told them that although it was an option, that both twins probably wouldn’t make it. With the idea of losing one of their precious girls, their parents shut the idea down immediately. Imagine their joy when they watched the twins grow up happily as conjoined twins. They never regretted their decision to keep them together.
At the young age of 16 they agreed to a documentary by TLC. Of course, it was so interesting they turned it into a show, which didn’t take long to build traction. By 2012 it was the most popular show on the network.
People are always amazed when they find out just how much the twins can do. Brittany and Abby have very few restrictions and have defied the odds time and time again. They can walk and run with no problem. Believe it or not, they can swim and even dive. The list of things they can do far exceeds the expectations set on them by others when they were born. These conjoined twins can even type on a computer, when you factor that they each only operate one side of the body they share, that’s an incredible accomplishment. We can all learn something from their patience and positive outlook on life. If you ask the twins how they get it all done, they will tell you it just boils down to teamwork.
If you’re clumsy or know someone who is clumsy, you will be amazed at this next face. Brittany and Abby are each responsible for operating their side of the body. Which means each has to program their brain to walk with just one leg, and work with just one arm, while the arm and leg on the other side of the body they share is controlled by the other. Sounds hard? It is. But the twins make it look easy.