The Unexpected Future Of Abby And Brittany Hensel

The Unexpected Future Of Abby And Brittany Hensel

When they were born in 1990, the doctors didn’t give the twins a high chance of surviving. Thankfully, those doctors were wrong. Abby and Hensel are currently on the fast track to having their dreams come true. That said, the sisters have just brought to light some very shocking news…

The Saga Continues

When we first encountered the remarkable story of the Hensel twins, we were immediately taken aback. Since then, we have been following them avidly throughout their journey. Today, we’re going to talk about the next milestone in their lives.

Cold March Day In 1990

March 7th, 1990 was a cold day in Minnesota, with thick layers of snow covering the ground. On that cold day, Abby and Brittany were born into this world. They were no ordinary set of twins: they were conjoined. More remarkable still, they were born as dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning they were perfectly attached to each other and fully functional. The twins were a medical miracle.


Against All Odds

Conjoined twins do not often thrive. Usually, the survival rate for conjoined twins is incredibly low.  For these girls, nothing was different – they would be lucky to live long. A quick look at the statistics emphasizes the miraculousness of their birth. Only one in 189,000 births are a set of conjoined twins and only 11% of those are dicephalic parapagus twins. The Hensel sisters truly are special.

Working Together To Get By

The mere existence of Abby and Brittany is pretty exceptional and doctors can’t get enough of studying them. They have two heads, two minds, two hearts, three lungs, two stomachs, and one reproductive system. They are double from the waist up and completely singular from the waist down. Furthermore, these twins each control a separate side of their body. Walking, clapping, crawling and even brushing their hair requires teamwork.

First Brush With Fame

The twins garnered their first taste of fame back in 1996 when they made two separate appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Later that year, the twins found themselves on the cover of Life magazine. The twins became famous world wide. Six years later, the twins would up the ante with their very own documentary, titled “Joined For Life”. It was a massive success and in 2012 they’d star in their own reality show called “Abby and Brittany”.


They’ve Mastered Driving

The twins mastered riding a bike long ago. If riding a bike was was possible, then driving a truck would be no problem at all. They had to take two separate driving tests, but this didn’t discourage them. The twins passed with ease. The two even developed a system that involves one controlling everything on one side of the vehicle and the other controlling everything on the other side. 


Doctor’s Worry

The twins parents were faced with the choice of wether or not to split them up. Parry, their mother, decided that it’d be best if they were kept together. This, of course, concerned the doctors. Conjoined tend to suffer from ill health as they get older. These conjoined twins actually made it to adulthood. In fact, they are leading more successful lives than most single-headed people can manage.


Very Extroverted Twins

While most people would expect a set of conjoined twins to live in their own world and to be completely separated from society, Abby and Brittany are extremely extroverted. We saw this first hand in their reality show. They have an expansive group of friends who really love and support them. They are even well connected to their fans and answer every email and letter that they receive. 

Pursuing Their Personal Dreams

The spotlight of Hollywood and stardom can often distract individuals from other aspects of their lives. One day you belong to no one but yourself and the next day you belong to the world. However, the twins have managed to stay humble and focused. They both went on to Bethel University and got a degree in the arts. They confessed that at one point they even considered studying different academic disciplines, but soon realized that it would be too difficul

Finding Work And Entering The Adult World

The twins graduated from college in 2012 and immediately began looking for work in the big, wide world. They were apprehensive at first, knowing that their condition would cause some trepidation amongst employers, but they went ahead anyway –– and achieved amazing success. They announced their achievement on their reality show. Abby and Brittany finally had themselves a job!


The Twin Math Specialists

As you’d expect, Abby and Brittany made the exciting announcement, clapping their hands and completing each other’s sentences.“We are fourth- and fifth-grade math specialists, so we’ll have two classes of math. It’s part-time, which is nice, so we’ll be kind of transitioning into the teaching world.” 

Not Always On The Same Path

“When they were five, I remember one wanted to be a pilot and one wanted to be a dentist. That was short-lived.” Recalls Patty, the twins mother. According to her, their plans for the future were completely different.  One can only imagine what might have occurred if they had not decided to pursue the same career path.

Naturals With Children

The twins saw teaching as their perfect career path. Abby and Brittany have always been naturals. According to Patty, their mother, “They’ve just always had a knack with kids, and kids have always been kind of drawn to them. Maybe it started with curiosity but then once their simple questions are answered they still are just drawn to Ab and Brit.”

Born To Teach

The school’s principal and the twins’ boss, Mr. Good, confirms what Patty says. The twins are just naturals with the children. When he sat across from the girls during their first interview, he saw their gift immediately. “There was something about the way they carried themselves”, he said. Mr. Good was convinced that the twins were perfect for the job.

Hire Those Girls

There was one specific incident which convinced Mr.Good beyond a shadow of a doubt. On Abby & Brittany, the reality TV show, Mr. Good stated: “After our interview, I showed the girls out the door. I came back in the room and before I even sat back down one of the people said, ‘Run after them, hire them, give them the job!’”

Mr. Good’s Uncertainty

Mr. Good was beyond excited to have the twins on his team, but a small part of him felt uneasy. He knew he was delving into uncharted territory with the twins. He had never had conjoined twins on his staff before. He didn’t really know how to handle the situation. He brought his concerns to the HR department. Come the start of the school year, he needed a math teacher.

Paid For One

The school board took the summer to make some serious considerations, but by the time the school year started, they had made their decision. The twins would get two separate contracts and be treated as two individuals, but they would only get one paycheck and would have to split it between themselves. While it doesn’t seem completely fair, the twins will never need to work alone. They will always have each other by their side.

Introducing The Hensel Sisters

For the sake of the children who would be attending the school, Mr. Good decided that it would be a good idea to introduce the Hensel sisters. They sent out a letter to all the staff and parents that informed them about Abby and Brittany and their condition. This was a fool-proof way to avoid drama on the first day.

Realizing Their Dream

While Mr. Good and his staff raced for solutions and answers, the twins marveled and anticipated their upcoming position as school math teachers. These gals didn’t feel nervous or shy for even a single second. They were ready to educate some hungry minds. On their reality show, they both announced their excitement. Their excitement was shared by the media.

Expectations For Love

Complications are bound to occur in the lives of conjoined twins. The limitations and hardships are plentiful, but they must be faced. One of the biggest difficulties occurs in the love department. Both twins have revealed a festering desire to fall in love, get married and have children. This can get awkward.


The year was 2012, and rumors surfaced that Brittany had fallen in love and had gotten engaged. Questions concerning their love lives began pouring in. The masses wanted the scoop. During this time, many controversial questions were asked. Even after the rumor proved only to be a rumor, the questions still lingered. How would a relationship work between them?

The Siamese Twins

The most famous set of twins ever, the Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Butler, were lucky enough to get into a beautiful relationship with two women. They met and married Adelaide and Sallie Yates in 1946 and ended up having 22 children. They are living proof that twins can go on to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

Ganga and Jamuna

Along with the Siamese twins, there is also the case of Ganga and Jamuna Mondal. These set of twins have gained nationwide fame in India for dating a teacher named Jasimuddin Ahmad. The pair met him while he was filling in for a sound engineer at the circus that they worked at. It was love at first sight and they immediately dived into a relationship.

Other Differences

When most people look at twins, they are pretty quick to assume that they have similar personalities. Believe it or not, Abby and Brittany Hensel have very different personalities. Brittany is more laid back and known for having a very unique sense of humor. Abby, on the other hand, is very outspoken and stimulating. It isn’t uncommon to hear the twins laughing.

The Upside Of Twins

While things can look very dim for the twins at times, being a twin does have its upsides. One day Brittany was very sick and was struggling to hold down her medicine. Abby sprung into action and played the hero. She decided to take Abby’s medicine with the hopes that it’d help her sister – and it worked! Brittany ended up being okay.

First Talks Of Separation

The twins do get annoyed with each other. One time Brittany had pneumonia and was confined to her quarters for a number of days. This, of course, meant that Brittany, who was perfectly fine,  had to stay with her the entire time. This frustrated the bored sister and she began to talk about separation. In truth, she was just frustrated and desperate to go for a walk.

Brittany Rejects Separation

Brittany couldn’t help but well tear-up when she heard her sister talk about separation. The thought of separation alone sent her into a begging frenzy. She didn’t want to be separated from her sister. In the end, Abby agreed not to separate and assured her sister that the two of them would be stuck together forever.

Never Alone

In the 28 years that they’ve spend side by side, they have learned how to depend on each other in each and every way. The girls have never spent a moment apart. While we have many lonesome moments in our lives, they have never experienced one moment of solitude. These two girls need each other more than they probably know.

What The Future May Hold

As they get older, the never-ending sense of togetherness must sometimes get on their nerves. The twins are growing more and more into individuals by the day, and they will inevitably begin to clash again and again when it comes to big life decisions. For example, finding a husband or raising a child. Sooner or later, the twins will find themselves in the a very serious argument.

Disliking The Stares

Brittany and Abby are not blind to the fact that compared to the average person their looks are quite unique. That said, they don’t like being stared at. Although, for a normal passer-by,  seeing them on the street and not staring would be quite difficult. The twins also dislike it when people take pictures of them without first asking permission.

Custom Made Clothes

Embracing their individuality can’t be the easiest thing to accomplish for the twins. They just share so much with one another. That said, they do enjoy the perks of custom made clothes. Sometimes their shirts feature two necklines. If they like, the twins will often wear different shoes or stockings.

They Walk Differently

The twins do everything together and rely heavily on teamwork. Despite their working together, the twins happen to walk very differently. However, not in the sense, you’re thinking. They can walk steadily and quickly, but Abby tends to take firm steps with her feet touching the ground, while Brittany tends to walk on her tippy toes.

Separation Or No Separation?

If one day the twins do decide to attempt separation surgery, it will certainly be extremely risky. The linked bodies no doubt grow to depend on one another more and more with time. At best, one twin will live a thriving life while the other will fail to ever amount to much. Given that the twins have created a wonderful life together, the chances of them ever considering such a surgery are very slim.

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