Abby and Brittany, the conjoined twins, have reached the age of 31 and have achieved their dreams.
They have obtained their driver’s licenses and teaching certification, which is a double accomplishment for them.
Abby prefers to spend time at home, has no fear of heights, and indulges in late-night coffee as it doesn’t affect her sleep.
Brittany enjoys festive evenings, cautiously looks out the airplane window, and limits her caffeine intake to avoid an accelerated heart rate.
They could have been best friends, but they are sisters sharing the same body. When Abby and Britt were born on March 7, 1990, the doctors were shocked.
The ultrasound showed no issues, and the Hensel family was expecting a baby girl.
The first moments of the mother’s meeting with her children were crucial: Patty recalls how she felt affection for the girls at first sight.
She never regretted not separating them. Surgical interventions for conjoined twins usually have sad outcomes: in most cases, the children do not survive.
The girls were not separated, but practitioners believed that either Britt or Abby would not survive the first twenty-four hours.
Yet, the girls recently celebrated their 31st birthday with joy and satisfaction.
The family made the decision to send the sisters to a regular school to avoid isolating them from society.
The beginning was not easy for Brittany and Abby, but they showed their determination.
The girls were convinced that they were just like their classmates and even studied better than some of them. The sisters truly found friends.
“We are distinct individuals with one body,” they declare.
They also have distinct body temperatures: one warms up quickly, the other feels cold, which often leads to disputes over a blanket.
However, that has generally been the only significant disagreement since their childhood.
Over their 31 years of life in the same body, the two sisters have developed the ability to get along and find compromises.
There was an incident while they were playing in the yard, where Britt hit Abby on the head because they couldn’t agree on sharing toys.