12 Amazing facts about the world’s most famous conjoined twins, Abby and Brittany Hensel

Abby and Brittany Hensel have always been the center of media attraction as the world’s most famous conjoined twins. Since their birth, the twins have learnt to deal with their condition and coordinate their movement in the most spectacular way possible. Here are 12 interesting facts about Abby and Brittany Hensel.


1 They both share one body

Although they share a single body and one set of limbs, they have separate organs such as a heart, lungs, stomach, spine, and spinal cord. Each twin has learnt to control her side of her body where they both operate one arm and leg.

Abby and Brittany

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2 They found coordination difficult at first

Although they found coordination difficult, they soon learned to perfect their movement with their own distinctive style of walk. Brittany likes walking on tip toes.

Brittany likes walking on tip toes

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3 Their parents rejected their idea to separate them

When doctors stated that the twins would not survive any operation to separate them, their parents declined the option. They do not regret their decision.

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4 A documentary was made about them

When they turned 16, TLC made a documentary about them with their permission. Later it was made into a TV series called the Abby and Brittany Show.

TLC made a documentary

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5 The twins have learned several complex movements

With proper dedication and practice they can now walk, swim, drive and ride a bicycle. The twins have had to take separate driving tests where Abby controls the right side of the driver’s seat and Brittany controls the left.

Abby and Brittany driving the car

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6 They both have distinct personalities

Both twins have individual personalities and also have a seamstress stitch their clothes with different necklines to express their individuality. While Abby loves maths, Brittany likes writing.

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7 They both graduated from university

One if the most interesting facts about Abby and Brittany are that both twins graduated with a major from Bethel University in 2012.

Abby and Brittany are that both twins graduated

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8 Their plans for the future

The twins told discovery Channel that they would like to get married and have kids one day.

Abby and Brittany plans for the future

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9 They hate being stared at

Both twins dislike strangers staring at them and taking photographs even with their permission.

Both twins dislike strangers

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10 Both twins are athletic

The twins are obsessed with swimming, rowing, bowling and volleyball.

Both twins are athletic

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11 They both are two separate people

When one twin gets sick, the other doesn’t. Brittany has been attacked by pneumonia twice but Brittany hasn’t had it once.

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12 They both work as teachers

The most interesting fact about Abby and Brittany is that the twins love their job as school teachers focusing on math. While one is teaching, the other answers questions.

They both work as teachers

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