Abby and Brittany Hensel are close — very close. They may have two separate brains, hearts and sets of lungs, but they share everything else, including, as they say, “a normal life … whatever that is.”
The 22-year-olds from rural Minnesota are identical conjoined twins and their physiology has never stood in the way. There are compromises that have to be made — Abby controls the right side of the body and Brittany the left — but they move with remarkable ease, riding a bike, dancing at parties and even driving a car.
Their updated story, “Abby & Brittany,” told in documentary form when they were 12 and again at 16, will air Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. on TLC.
When the twins were born in 1990, their parents were told the babies might not survive the night. But by age 6, they were appearing on “Oprah” and the cover of Life magazine.
“People have been curious about us since we were born, for obvious reasons,” say the twins in the first episode of the eight-week series. “But our parents never let us use that as an excuse. We were raised to believe we could do anything we wanted to do.”
Check out more of their incredible story here.