Patty Hensel remembers the day her twins, Abby and Brittany, were born.
The babies were conjoined, sharing a body, with two separate necks and heads.
The doctors immediately suggested a separation, but knowing that would mean one girl would die, Patty and her husband Mike refused.
“To me, they were beautiful,” Patty said.
The Minnesota family took the girls home to their quiet farm, allowing them to be raised away from public scrutiny, and ensuring they had the space to achieve whatever they wanted.
Fast forward to today, and the twins are university-educated, can drive a car, and are now teachers; defying all medical expectations. Their journey to get to this point in their lives is extraordinary, and proof that determination can make dreams come true.
The sisters first attracted national public attention in 1996 when they appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, at six years old.
After that, they appeared in magazines such as Time, and as the cover story of Life, where their photo was captioned as “One Body, Two Souls”.
In 2012 the twins launched their own reality show, Abby & Brittany, on the TLC channel, which focused on their graduation, job search, and the time they spent travelling in Europe; ordinary activities for two extraordinary young women.
Are conjoined twins Abby and Brittany married? Is Abby and Brittany married?
Contrary to the rumours about Abby and Brittany Hensel wedding that have been circulating, the conjoined twins are not yet married. Both of them are hopeful that they will one day have their perfect love story.
The conjoined twins have expressed an interested in dating, getting married, and even having children. You might be fooled into thinking that the twins are the same person and they can get married to a single guy.
However, the twins are two different individuals, and they have individual choices in almost everything.
Nama Winston has had a decade-long legal career (paid), and a decade-long parenting career (unpaid). Now a Mamamia Contributor and freelance writer, Nama uses her past experience as a lawyer to discuss everything from from politics, to parenting. Instagram: @namawinston Facebook: @NamaWinston.