An incredible, odds-defying birth will tend to make the news. So when doctors delivered healthy conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel in 1990, the story captured headlines for a good reason. After all, very few conjoined twins survive gestation and delivery.
And as the twins’ lives went on, the siblings continued to captivate audiences nationwide by letting them in on the tribulations and triumphs that came with their very specific condition. Two decades later, then, they’ve shared yet another one of their incredible milestones with the world.
Abby and Brittany Hensel were born on March 7, 1990, in Carver County, Minnesota. The twins naturally came into the world together, but they were conjoined in an incredibly rare way. In fact, they’re known as dicephalic parapagus twins, which means that while their bodies are unified, they each have a separate head.