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Oldest Conjoined Twins Die at 62
Conjoined Twins Had
Separate Careers

Conjoined Twins Had Separate Careers

Lori and George Schappell dead at 62

(Newser) - Conjoined twins Lori and George Schappell, who pursued separate careers, interests, and relationships during lives that defied medical expectations, died this month in Pennsylvania, according to funeral home officials. They were 62. The twins, listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest living conjoined twins, died April 7 at the...

Conjoined Twin Abby Hensel Has Been Married Since 2021

According to public records

(Newser) - Abby Hensel, the conjoined twin of Brittany Hensel and one half of the TLC reality series Abby & Brittany, has been married since 2021, according to public records revealed this week by Today . The Hensel twins first came to the public's attention in 1996 when they appeared on The ...

Separated Twins Are Home, but Surgeon Remains Troubled

Decision made in operation led to a stroke for one of the girls

(Newser) - Safa and Marwa Bibi are home in Pakistan after spending more than 50 hours in surgery last year to separate them over three operations. The girls, now 3½, were born joined at the head; a minority of twins born with a fused skull survive. "The girls are doing very...

Conjoined Twins Home After Surgery
Sisters Born
in Embrace

Sisters Born in Embrace Separated

The twins, now home, were attached at the chest and abdomen

(Newser) - An 11-hour operation has separated conjoined sisters who were born with their arms around one another. Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin, who were born in June 2019, underwent the surgery Aug. 5 in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports. The girls are home now, crawling and adjusting to their independence. "...

Conjoined Twins Who Lived to Noteworthy Age Have Died
The Longest-Surviving
Conjoined Twins Have Died
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The Longest-Surviving Conjoined Twins Have Died

Ronnie and Donnie Galyon were 68

(Newser) - The world's longest-surviving conjoined twins died July 4 at the age of 68, reports the AP . Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, of Beavercreek, Ohio, were born joined at the abdomen Oct. 28, 1951. In 2014, the brothers earned the distinction of being the world's oldest set of conjoined twins...

Twins' First Steps Make International Headlines

Once-conjoined sisters Nima and Dawa return to Bhutan after separation surgery in Australia

(Newser) - Two formerly conjoined twin girls arrived home in Bhutan Thursday after being separated in an operation in Australia, sparking joy when their family saw them walking independently. Twenty-month-old Nima and Dawa returned to Bhutan after a 22-hour flight from Melbourne with their mother, four months after their operation, per the...

Beloved Conjoined Twins Die After Months in Hospital

Maria and Consolata, who were joined from the navel down, died Saturday

(Newser) - Tanzania's beloved conjoined twin sisters, Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti, have died at the age of 21. Known for their determination and desire to overcome obstacles and gain an education as much as for their rare condition, the sisters were so well-known even Tanzania's president John Magufuli tweeted about...

An 'Amazing' Find: Conjoined Deer Fawns

A mushroom hunter found the stillborn twins in Minnesota

(Newser) - A mushroom hunter made an "amazing and extremely rare" find in a Minnesota forest in 2016: Conjoined twin fawns, which largely shared a body. The doe fawns had been cleaned by their mother, though lab testing confirmed they were stillborn and had never breathed air, per a University of...

Newborn Conjoined Twins to Remain Attached

Doctors do not recommend separating the baby girls

(Newser) - Pregnant with conjoined twins, Chelsea Torres worried constantly that she would lose her babies. That fear followed Torres, 24, and husband Nick, 23, from their home in Idaho to Houston, where they sought medical care ahead of the high-risk births of their daughters, Callie and Carter, in February. Those worries...

Conjoined Twins Separated in 21-Hour Surgery

Outlook is good for Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho

(Newser) - Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho are separated for the first time since they were born 11 months ago. The twins, who were conjoined at the base of their spine, were separated during a 21-hour surgery that began Jan. 17, the AP reports. The girls, who are from the Dominican Republic, will...

They Shared a Liver, Bladder, and Leg, Until Now

17-hour procedure separates conjoined toddlers Erika and Eva Sandoval

(Newser) - "From one to two" is how the Sacramento Bee is framing the successful result of an intense surgery that separated 2-year-old conjoined twins in California. About 50 doctors and other medical staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto were in attendance during the 17-hour separation...

Conjoined Twins From Nigeria Separated at Tenn. Hospital

The surgery lasted 18 hours

(Newser) - Conjoined twin girls from Nigeria have been separated after a lengthy operation at a Tennessee hospital, days ahead of their first birthday, the AP reports. Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were separated during 18 hours of surgery that began on Nov. 7 and finished Nov. 8 at Le Bonheur Children's...

Twins Conjoined in Highly Rare Way Separated in NYC

'Well, we did it,' said head surgeon after successful procedure on Anias, Jadon McDonald

(Newser) - Conjoined twin brothers Anias and Jadon McDonald, who've been attached at the head for their entire 13 months of life, were successfully separated at NYC's Montefiore Medical Center during a 16-hour-plus surgery that went into Friday morning, mom Nicole McDonald tells the New York Daily News . "Well,...

Conjoined Twins in Syria Die While Awaiting Evacuation

Charity says it's all because of politics

(Newser) - More heartbreaking news from Syria: conjoined twins born a month ago in a beseiged hospital in rebel-held territory have died. The baby boys succumbed to heart failure on Wednesday before they could be moved abroad for life-saving treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. Joined at the abdomen, with their hearts...

Conjoined Sisters Separated in Texas

Mom says they're already getting used to life apart

(Newser) - Two sisters in Texas are spending their first hours apart Tuesday—literally. KZTV reports conjoined sisters Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres have been successfully separated in an operation their mother calls a "miracle." The sisters, who were connected below the waist and shared a colon and bladders, were born...

'Youngest' Conjoined Twins Undergo 'Extreme' Surgery

Preemie girls were just 8 days old when successfully separated

(Newser) - The numbers, put forth by the BBC , are fairly staggering: a surgery with a 1% chance of success, to be performed on sisters just eight days old—and who had been born eight weeks premature. But Swiss media reports that the conjoined twins were successfully separated on Dec. 10 at...

Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

Doctors are 'cautiously optimistic' about the infants' future

(Newser) - Doctors at a Kentucky hospital have successfully separated conjoined twin girls. Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville said in a statement that the eight-hour surgery was performed on the 7-week-old girls on Nov. 11. While both remain on ventilators, the statement said they are getting stronger each day. The girls...

Success! Rare Conjoined Twins Separated in Fla.

Parents elated 5-month-old Connor and Carter are 'doing very well'

(Newser) - "My word of the day is awesome." That was Bryan Mirabal's reaction to the surgery that successfully separated his conjoined 5-month-old boys last week, per the Florida Times-Union . The 26-year-old and his 24-year-old fiancee Michelle Brantley are celebrating the procedure on their boys, Connor and Carter, which...

After Plenty of Faith, Hope, Conjoined Twins Separated

Knatalye Hope, Adeline Faith Mata are 10 months old

(Newser) - Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born conjoined on April 11 and spent 10 months connected at the chest and abdomen—but on Tuesday at Texas Children's Hospital, the girls were successfully separated. After months of preparation, a team of more than 26 medical professionals from numerous specialties...

Parents: Conjoined Twins Die After One Day

Asa and Eli Hamby were born in Atlanta

(Newser) - A pair of conjoined twins in Atlanta have died one day after their birth, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Dad Michael Hamby announced the news via Facebook in a video last night. “Robin got over there and we got to hold them, love on them and sing to them,”...

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