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Medical Dicephalus twins

  1. Aug 17, 2012 #1


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    I'm stunned by these twins, I've never seen such capable conjoined twins! Absolutely amazing and inspiring.

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    It really is amazing. Each girl controls one side of the body - one leg, one arm. Yet they've learned to coordinate in order to walk, run and even ride a bicycle.
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    It really is amazing, they coordinate so well and live such active lives. There's a bit later in the video where they tie knots in a shirt quickly without talking at all.
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    I like Serena

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    It looks like their gist for life makes them enjoy life to the full.
  6. Aug 18, 2012 #5
    Here's some more information about these twins.
    The Sun,UK, Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Abigail and Brittany Hensel, Teenagers who defied all medical odds to live

    Last Updated: 22nd June 2010

    Teenagers Abigail and Brittany Hensel prove that twins CAN share a body and live an active and happy life.

    They have even passed their driving test with each sister using one arm to control the steering wheel.

    The 18-year-old dicephalus twins have two spines, which join at the pelvis, two hearts and stomachs, three kidneys, two gall bladders and four lungs.

    But they share one liver and ribcage and a nervous system.

    Below the waist all organs including intestines, bladder and reproductive organs are shared.

    Each twin controls one side of the body and they can play the piano, swim, ride a bike and take part in sports.

    The Hensels, born on March 7, 1990, in Minnesota, are thought to be one of only four sets of dicephalus twins ever to survive into teen years.

    Doctors warned their parents, nurse Patty and carpenter Mike, they were unlikely to survive their first night.

    Only one set of twins in every 40,000 is born connected in some way and only one per cent of these survive beyond the first year.

    Doctors are worried that Abigail and Brittany will eventually suffer heart or other organ defects.

    But none has shown so far and the twins even hope to marry one day.

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2120555/US-dicephalus-twins-who-defied-all-medical-odds-to-live.html#ixzz23wtXTX7y [Broken]
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  7. Aug 20, 2012 #6
    I remember seeing a show about them when they were little kids, I'm glad they're doing okay.
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