The Inspiring Conjoined Twins Abby & Brittany Hensel Take On The World
My set of feisty twins are 29 months and 4 weeks old
It was a few short years ago (or so it seems). I was watching TV, this was before I had a set of twinnies of my own, and I came across the story of two lovely, conjoined twins named Abby and Brittany Hensel. At first glance of course, their appearance was a bit jarring. And then your second thought might be, ‘how the heck do they live like that?’ But when I watched the program further, I found these two to be simply..in a word..incredible. Infectious even.
This very special set of twins never let anything hold them back, even being conjoined at most parts of their bodies. They said that even if they could be separated they would not wish to be. That speaks volumes to me about their tight, twin relationship. (They technically could be separated, but would only have one arm and leg and one would not have a liver..so transplant.) Their parents never thought about separation, and also cope with the situation amazingly well. You can tell they come from a very loving home, and despite being conjoined are very happy and normal young women.
Now that I do have twins I try and picture myself in their mother’s shoes. It must have been so hard getting that diagnosis, birthing two babies knowing the majority of conjoined twins do not survive the pregnancy and birthing process, having to cope with the cruelty of leering strangers, and fighting to care for two newborns, then toddlers, then children with such extreme circumstances and you would think limitations, but these two are surely ones to inspire and to shock you.
They went to a normal high school, both got their diplomas. They learned how to drive a car just like the rest of us. They love to play and stay active through sports. And what is on the horizon for these miracle twins now? They are now about to get their Master’s degree in education. How wonderful is that? They know that because they will have to ‘somewhat’ do the same job as the other. (Meaning that they can only run one classroom at one time.) They will gladly teach together as one, and accept a single salary for their efforts. Congratulations Abby and Brittany (now 22).
New video about where the twins are at now
You can see their entire story in the video below. It’s a bit lengthy but it shows the girls from young childhood on up and is completely worth watching.
Fast fact:Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, but about 40 to 60 percent of them are stillborn and only about 35 percent survive one day.
If you get nothing more out of their incredible story PLEASE let this be a lesson to those who fail to appreciate how unpredictable life can be, and how lucky you are to have healthy kids at home without such drastic challenges. If I were Abby and Brittany’s mother though let me tell you.. I would be damn proud of them! Damn proud, indeed.