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Conjoined Twins
These twins were all born conjoined - some were separated by surgery, while others continue to live their lives joined together. 


Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel of Minnesota became famous after appearing in a 2008 documentary on TLC. Now the channel has given them their own reality TV show, reported. The show will follow the twins as they graduate college and look for jobs. Abby and Brittany are dicephalic parapagus twins – meaning they have one body and two heads. Born in 1990, they lead a ‘normal’ life. The twins said they have two different personalities and do not let the stares get to them.
“We throw it out there, and let it go,” Abby said.



Amelia Lee (left) and Allison June Tucker were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen on March 1, 2012. They were separated Nov. 7 in a surgery that took seven hours and involved 40 hospital staff members. Click here to read more.

(Courtesy of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)


In this image taken from a video released by Luis Calvo Mackenna hospital, conjoined twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete are seen prior to a surgery to separate them in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Chilean doctors started a long and dangerous surgery to separate 10-months-old conjoined twins who are joined at the chest, stomach and pelvis. (AP Photo/Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital)


Maria and Teresa Tapia, conjoined twin girls from the Dominican Republic, were successfully separated at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in November.

The Tapia girls were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, and shared a liver and other organs.

The surgery lasted more than 18 hours. The surgical team had to divide the liver, pancreas and other shared organs, as well as reconstruct their abdominal walls.




Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, 2, who were joined at the chest and abdomen, were separated Nov. 1, 2011 during a lengthy, complex procedure at a U.S. children's hospital in California.

The operation that gave the Philippines-born sisters their independence took more than nine hours and a team of more than 40 people.

"This is a dream come true," their mother, Ginady Sabuco, said through tears to reporters after the surgery was complete. "Words cannot express how the family feels."



Surgeons at a British hospital successfully separated conjoined twin baby girls in a complex and extremely rare operation.

Sudan-born Rital and Ritag Gaboura are craniopagus twins, meaning they were born joined at the head. The separation of the twins was completed on August 15, 2011, and the medical team say the twins do not appear to be suffering any neurological side effects, according to British charity Facing the World, which funded the treatment.

The twins were born in Khartoum, Sudan in September 2010 and their parents, both doctors, asked the charity to organize and fund their separation.



Sept. 2011: The world's oldest living conjoined twins (seen here in this 2002 photo) have defied doctors' predictions and reached their 50th birthday.

George and Lori Schappell, who are joined at the head, are able to live very different and separate lives, with Lori having had relationships and George, who was born Dori and later changed her name to Reba — deciding to live life as a man.



Sept. 2011: Joshua and Jacob Spates, who were connected at the pelvis and lower spine, were separated on Aug. 29 in a 13-hour procedure at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

The boys were considered pygopagus twins, which means they were joined at the pelvis and lower spine. They shared a rectum, muscle and nerves, but had separate hearts, heads and limbs.


Maliyah and Kendra

July 2006: Maliyah and Kendra Herrin (l-r) on their bed at Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. They were successfully separated.



April 2007: Panwad Tiyenjai and Pantawan Tiyenja, conjoined twins after they were successfully separated, in Bangkok, Thailand

Saba and Farah

October 2005: Indian conjoined twins Saba and Farah (l-r), New Delhi, India

Krishna and Trishna

December 2009: Krishna and Trishna (l-r), formerly conjoined twins, after their separation surgery, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Australia

Kelly and Angelica

January 2007: Conjoined twins Kelly and Angelica of Bogota, Colombia

Other Chinese Twins

July 2007: Conjoined twins wait for separation surgery, No. 1 Hospital Affiliated to Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China

Anastasia and Tatiana

April 2007: Conjoined twins Anastasia (l) and Tatiana, at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. Their surgery was halted because medications to reduce swelling did not work.

Abygail and Madysen

January 2007: Abygail and Madysen Fitterer (l-r), conjoined twins who underwent separation surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. They were successfully separated.

new conjoined twins

May 2011: Conjoined twin girls with a single body and two heads were born at Suining City Central Hospital in Sichuan province. 

They have been transferred a hospital in the nearby metropolis of Chongqing to be examined by experts.

The local Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported the twins weighed 9 pounds and measured 20 inches. They have two spines and two esophaguses and share other organs. Doctors were quoted as saying it would be nearly impossible to separate them.

Conjoined Twins

These twins were all born conjoined - some were separated by surgery, while others continue to live their lives joined together. 

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