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19 February 2007

Top 10 Reasons to Live Against All Odds

A story of awe and inspiration. Abigail and Brittany Hensel (born 7 March 1990, United States), are dicephalic conjoined twins. Brittany is the left twin, and Abigail is the right twin. They have two spines which join at the pelvis. They have two stomachs, three lungs, and two arms. Here is a footage from "Joined for Life: Abby and Brittany Turn 16" via The Learning Channel.

Conjoined twins are a rare event in the world's delivery rooms. They occur about once in every 50,000 births, but 40% are stillborn, and, curiously, 70% are female. Conjoined twins are always identical: the product of a single egg that for some unknown reason failed to divide fully into separate twins during the first three weeks of gestation.

These young ladies have a wonderful positive attitude and have adapted well to live an incredibly normal life. Have a look at their most recent photo album below. How can you not respect them for how they are dealing with the cards they were dealt? Yet, I wonder. How could one of them take a test and the other not see the answers of the other? What if one had insomnia while the other wanted to sleep all the time? If one girl wants to go left and the other wants to go right, who (if either) would have dominant control of the legs? If one of them kisses a boy, would the other just look away? Would they marry one man (what if one didn't like the husband) or two (and have very awkward times in bed)? Would their kids have similar traits? Wow.. these things could boggle the mind.

This reminds me that there is so much that we take for granted. Don't forget, your life could have been a lot harder. Stop complaining about the simple things in life and be glad that you have your health and family.

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