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Conjoined Twin Abby Hensel Gets Married!

By The Hyperhive


28 March 2024

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Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel, known for their appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996 and their subsequent reality series “Abby & Brittany” on TLC, have made headlines once again. Abby Hensel, one of the twins, got married to Josh Bowling, a nurse and US Army veteran, in 2021, as reported by public records on March 27, 2024. Despite Abby keeping her wedding details private, photos from the event surfaced on TikTok, showing Abby and Brittany in a beautiful A-line wedding dress.

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Abby and Brittany Hensel captured the hearts of millions after their appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996. Born as dicephalous-conjoined twins, a rare phenomenon occurring only once in every 200,000 births, Abby and Brittany share a bloodstream and all organs below the waist. Despite the challenges they faced from birth, their parents, Patty and Mike Hensel chose to embrace their daughters as they are, declining the risky option of separation surgery advised by doctors.

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The twins grew up in Minnesota, where they later became the stars of their own reality series, Abby & Brittany, on TLC in 2012. This show documented their journey through college and into adulthood, showcasing their indomitable spirit and determination to live life to the fullest.

In the first episode of their reality TV show, the twins said people had been ‘curious’ about them since they were born. “But our parents never let us use that as an excuse. We were raised to believe we could do anything we wanted to do,” they said.

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Abby and Brittany’s parents, Patty and Mike, were given the option to separate the twins at birth, but ultimately decided against the procedure after being told there was little chance that both twins could survive.

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In 2003, Abby and Brittany were featured in a documentary titled Joined For Life in which Patty confirmed her children were interested in becoming moms themselves one day.“That is probably something that could work because those organs do work for them,” she said.

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Fast forward to 2021, and Abby surprised the world by entering into marriage with Josh Bowling, a nurse and US Army veteran. Although Abby kept the details of her wedding private, certain photos from the event went viral on social media platforms like TikTok, revealing Abby and Brittany in elegant wedding attire.

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The couple, along with Brittany, radiated happiness in the images, showing a glimpse of their life together filled with love and joy. Abby and Josh settled down in Minnesota, where they work as fifth-grade teachers, inspiring countless young minds with their resilience and positive outlook on life.

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Josh’s dedication as a husband and father shines through his social media accounts, where he shares cherished moments with Abby, Brittany, and their students. His X profile, linked to his Facebook account, describes him as a ‘Christian, Father, Husband, Veteran, and occasional gamer,’ reflecting his multifaceted personality and commitment to his family.

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How Their Unique Bodies Work

Abby and Brittany Hensel share a single body but have separate heads and necks. They each control one side of their conjoined body, managing their limbs independently. Their bodies have some unique characteristics:

1. Physical Differences: Abby’s head tilts slightly to the right, while Brittany’s tilts to the left, making her appear shorter. Brittany’s leg is nearly two inches shorter than Abby’s, and she tends to stand and walk on her tiptoes, resulting in a larger calf muscle. Abby is taller and has longer legs than Brittany.

2. Surgical Interventions: At age 12, they underwent surgery to correct scoliosis and expand their chest cavity to prevent breathing difficulties. Abby’s spine growth was surgically halted after Brittany stopped growing prematurely.

3. Organ Distribution: They have individual organs in the upper part of their body, but most organs at and below the navel are shared. This includes their circulatory system, stomachs, gallbladders, liver, intestines, reproductive organs, and bladder. They have two hearts in a shared circulatory system, and medications or nutrition taken by either affect both.

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4. Coordination: Despite their physical differences and shared body, Abby and Brittany have learned to coordinate their movements effectively. They walk, run, swim, play sports like volleyball, and even ride a bicycle together. They can also type on a computer keyboard and drive a car by working together.

5. Sensory Experience: Each twin’s sense of touch is restricted to her body half, with a small overlap at the midline. They can feel sensations on their respective sides but experience stomach aches only on the opposite side.

6. Decision Against Separation: Abby and Brittany’s parents decided against surgical separation after hearing from doctors that the chances of both surviving were slim. They believed that the quality of life for the surviving twin or twins living separately would be lower than if they remained conjoined.

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Abby and Brittany’s journey is a testament to the power of love and determination. Despite facing numerous challenges due to their unique condition, they never let it hold them back. From attending university and achieving separate degrees to pursuing their dreams of becoming teachers, Abby and Brittany have defied the odds every step of the way.

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Their parents’ unwavering support played a crucial role in shaping their outlook on life. Patty and Mike encouraged Abby and Brittany to embrace their individuality and develop their own minds, empowering them to pursue their passions and aspirations.

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In a world where differences are often met with skepticism and prejudice, Abby and Brittany’s story serves as a reminder of the beauty of diversity and the strength that comes from embracing our uniqueness. Their journey is a source of inspiration for people around the world, showing that with love, determination, and a positive attitude, anything is possible.

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As Abby and Brittany continue to navigate life together, they serve as a beacon of hope and resilience for all who encounter their story. Their unwavering spirit and boundless love remind us that true happiness knows no bounds and that love conquers all, even the most formidable challenges.

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