Abigail and Brittany Hensel were born in 1990 as a pair of twins. They made headlines because of their unique condition: they were conjoined twins. A case such as theirs was rather rare, sharing a body but having different heads. Their story has since been covered extensively, over many years. And in 2012, they decided to share an important announcement about their condition.
Abby and Brittany Hensel were born March 7th 1990 in Carver County, Minnesota. They are what are known as dicephalic parapagus twins. That means that while their bodies are unified, they each have one head.
Conjoined twins are known to have a low survival rate, as well as being exceedingly rare. There’s a 1 in 189,000 chance that that a pair of babies will be born this way. And then out of all those twins, only 11% are born as dicephalic parapagus.
While they share a body, things are a bit different on the inside. There are different organs for each twin, with two stomachs, two hears, and four lungs. However, they still share a reproductive system, large intestine, and liver.
The Red Line
The twins have compared their body to having been divided by a red line. One controls the left, the other controls the right. As such, they need to work together in order to move properly.
The pair have had to learn not just how to live together, but how to move together. This is how they learned to crawl, walk, and do other tasks. This is even how they learned how to drive. And according to themselves, they’re pretty competent drivers.
Of course, the life they live isn’t without compromise. Sharing a body means that they need to agree on what to do, when to do it, and even what to wear.
Although, they have to agree on what to wear, the pair don’t like wearing the same clothes. Abby prefers more vibrant clothes while Brittany prefers to wear more muted colors.
One also has to remember that, while these twins share a body, they aren’t the same person. They have completely different personality types. Most notably, Abby’s the more assertive out of the pair.
Fears And Interests
Speaking of different personalities, they have different fears and interests as well. For example, Brittany’s afraid of heights, while Abby isn’t. And Brittany prefers the arts while Abby prefers the sciences.
The twins have been pretty open about their trials and tribulations with the media, but there is one thing they’ve decided to keep private. And that would be their love lives. There is something in their lives that they shouldn’t have open to the public eye.
The twins have been rather open about their friendships though. They’ve been rather supportive and protective of the twins over the many years they’ve known them.
The twins have traveled quite a lot over the last few years, and they often travel with their friends. Their friends will often watch over them and make sure they’re safe and happy because of all the stares they can get.
Things Can Get Overwhelming
All the fame, the trouble, and eyes that they’re constantly under can get pretty overwhelming. In those instances they need to take a break from it all. Fortunately, they still have their friends and family to back them up.
Patty Hansel is the mother of the Hansel twins. She’s been incredibly supportive to her children and wishes for nothing more than their success. She’s incredibly proud of her children.
It’s no wonder that the twins can be overwhelmed by appearing in public, they’ve been doing it since they were children. They even once appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Their Own Show
For a while, the Hensel twins even had their own show. After being in a documentary called Joined for Life. It was so popular, they got their own show called Abby & Brittany, focusing on them after they graduated from college.
A New Job
In 2012, the twins managed to get a teaching job. In an interview with the school’s principle, a faculty member walked over to them and practically begged for them to be hired.
The Job Of Two People
As teachers now, the pair essentially do the job of one person, so they get the paycheck of one. However, they’re still different people and are able to more efficiently teach their class than if they were just one person.