Abby and Brittany Hensel are about
to turn 16. That means they will learn
to drive, think about dating boys
and begin to think about going to
college. Pretty much the normal fare,
except Abby and Brittany are conjoined
twins - two distinct people sharing
one very distinct body.
While most conjoined twins are
separated shortly after birth, that
was never a viable option for them.
They have one set of legs and one
set of arms and share several internal
organs (not their heart or lungs).
And while most conjoined twins who
have made it to the age of 16 still
conjoined would never consider something
like driving, they were not Abby
Abby and Brittany have been doing
extraordinary things all their lives.
They ride bikes and motorcycles.
They play the piano, volleyball,
basketball, softball, swim - basically,
anything many other children do.
They are attractive, smart, funny,
outgoing and have been blessed with
a wonderful family and a very laid
back community that treats them
like anyone else. As a result they
are the most "normal"
and possibly most talented conjoined
They typically resist all media
and press - it's one of the reasons
they live such a normal life. But
they have agreed (for the third
time) to allow us to help them tell
their story. Our story about Abby
and Brittany will tell their back
story and recap many of the amazing
things they have done as children
and look at their current life as
ambitious and adventuresome teenagers.
Their story will amaze, inspire
and give new meaning to what viewers
think is possible for conjoined
twins who are never separated.