Abby and Brittany Hensel are
eleven-year-old conjoined twins
(the scientific and politically
correct term for Siamese twins).
They are intelligent, energetic,
fun-loving girls who just happen
to share one set of legs and
one set of arms - each girl
controlling one half of their
In their own words, they are
“just two people…stuck
How can two people live in
such close and constant proximity
for an entire lifetime? The
very concept challenges one
of the most central notions
of the human experience - individuality.
The challenges are both big
How do they communicate with
each other to move…run…
ride a bike… play sports…and
even piano? How does their condition
affect their health? What happens
to one if the other becomes
ill? How do they keep from sharing
answers on tests? Do they both
like the same food, music or
even the same boy? Do they ever
yearn to be alone?
The Hensel twins and their family
have agreed to share their lives
with us for the next year as we
tell the story of two of the most
fascinating and unique young ladies
In short, how can two individuals
share one body?
We'll wake up with them in
the morning. We'll see them
attend school, play basketball
and volleyball for their school
team (they count as one player),
perform their piano recital,
and accompany them on visits
to their doctors.
They will share their lives
and innermost thoughts as they
keep an on going “video
Along the way we’ll unravel
some of the mysteries of their
complex medical condition, as
well as their daily social challenges.
What happens when Abby and
Brittany leave the accepting
world of their friendly midwestern
town? How do they deal with
the stares and insensitive questions
of strangers? How do their doctors
diagnosis and treat them? How
do they settle their own disagreements?
Abby and Brittany Hensel present
a rare opportunity - they help
us to see even the most mundane
moments in life as extraordinary.
They remind us that life’s
challenges can make us stronger
of all, they teach us by example
that individuality has little
to do with one’s physical
condition… it springs
from the heart and soul.