Conjoined twins were at one point in time attractions in circus shows. Not many sets of conjoined twins recorded in history have lived long lives, and the fact that some can live over 25 years is remarkable in itself. Places that some of the most famous conjoined twins in history come from include:
- The Philippines,
There are many sets of conjoined twins throughout history, and many have lived to be over 50 years old.
Here are 10 of the longest living conjoined twins.
1. Abigail and Brittany Hensel were born in Minnesota in 1990. The twins each have an arm, a neck, a heart, and a separate set of lungs. They share all their organs from the waist down. They are able to live normal, full lives and both have separate identities.
The twins first appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show when they were six. In 2012, they starred on a reality series Called Abby & Brittany on TLC. Both twins have their own driver’s licences. The twins hope that one day they can both get married and have children.
2. Lucio and Simplicio Godina were born in the Philippines in 1908. They were conjoined by the skin and cartilage at the buttocks, and did not share any organs or bones. The twins were very flexible. If one twin wanted to lie down while the other stood up, they would be able to do so.
The twins were discovered at a sideshow act in Coney Island and were adopted by a wealthy man. They both eventually married a set of identical twins. Doctors were able to separate the twins after Lucio died from rheumatic fever. Simplicio survived the separation, but died just two weeks later due to spinal meningitis.
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