Thursday, December 6, 2012

Amazing Conjoined Twins With Two Heads And One Body

Abigail Loraine Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel ( born March 7, 1990 ) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric, giving the appearance of having just a single body with little variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, and spinal cord.

Each twin controls her half of their body, operating one of the arms and one of the legs. This means that as infants, the initial learning of physical processes that required bodily coordination, such as clapping, crawling, and walking required the cooperation of both children. While each is able to eat and write separately and simultaneously, activities such as running and swimming must be coordinated and alternate symmetrically. Other activities as diverse as brushing hair and driving a car require that each twin perform a sequence of separate actions that coordinate with the other.

Despite the curiosity that their condition has generated, the Hensel twins have managed to live private lives with relatively little press attention. At the age of 16, they gave an interview on The Learning Channel on December 17, 2006, in which they discussed aspects of their daily lives and plans for the future

Abigail and Brittany have individual organs in the upper part of their body, while most of them located at or below the level of the navel are shared, the exception being the spinal cord. Here is complete list of their organs in detail:
  • 2 heads
  • 2 spines merging at the coccyx and joined at the thorax by sections of ribs. Surgery was employed to correct scoliosis.
  • 2 completely separate spinal cords
  • 2 arms (originally 3, but rudimentary central arm was surgically removed, leaving central shoulder blade in place)
  • 1 broad ribcage with 2 highly fused sternums and traces of bridging ribs. Surgery was employed to expand the pleural cavities.
  • 2 breasts
  • 2 hearts in a shared circulatory system (nutrition, respiration, medicine taken by either affects both)
  • 4 lungs with the medial lungs moderately fused, not involving Brittany's upper right lobe; three pleural cavities
  • 1 diaphragm with well-coordinated involuntary breathing, slight central defect
  • 2 stomachs
  • 2 gallbladders
  • 1 liver, enlarged and elongated right lobe
  • Y-shaped small intestine, which experiences a slightly spastic double peristalsis at the juncture
  • 1 large intestine with one colon
  • 3 kidneys: 2 left, 1 right
  • 1 bladder
  • 1 set of reproductive organs
  • 2 separate half-sacrums, which converge distally
  • 1 slightly broad pelvis
  • 2 legs

The twins appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 8 and April 29, 1996. In April 1996, the twins were featured on the cover of Life under the caption "One Body, Two Souls", and their daily lifestyle was depicted in the corresponding article entitled "The Hensels' Summer". Life followed up with another story in September 1998. In 2002, they appeared in Joined for Life, a TV documentary by Advanced Medical Productions, distributed on the Discovery Health Channel and a 2003 follow-up, Joined at Birth. In 2003, an updated story of them at age 11 ( filmed in 2001 ) was published in Time and again in Life. In 2006, Advanced Medical made another documentary, Joined for Life: Abby & Brittany turn 16, that discusses the girls' adolescence, school and social life and activities such as getting their driver's licenses. The twins currently star in the reality TV show Abby & Brittany that started in August 2012. Here are some more photos of the amazing twins...

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30 Impressive Photos of Fingers Depicting Human Lives

Human feels and their life will not be same all the time. The life of mankind has lot of ups and downs, With the help of creative re-imagination and clever tricks of ‘finger artists’, we now can get a look into the human lives through these finger art. Now check out these 30 impressive photos of fingers depicting the very human lives. Take a look...

Under My Umbrella. Another work that makes me feel like having a life partner, I envy these fingers and you know why! ( Image Source: maskqueraide )

Bad Boys. Instead of painting directly on fingers, Komusō drew the faces using a software, creating this unique and amusing piece! Check out the moustache on that one! ( Image Source: Komusō )

Catching Some Rays. After months of hectic typing works, it’s always good to catch some rays on the beach. And here’s another finger enjoying the sunlight! ( Image Source: (f)ritz )

Controversy. Oh my dear fingy, who attacked you? ( Image Source: soheresanomelette )

Conversation of 3 Fingers. Well, they seem to be having a pretty fun conversation. Also the cool thing about this artwork is that the expressions look so natural! ( Image Source: Frozen Moments )

Earth Day. Even fingers are celebrating Earth day! And it’s so true, we’re all stuck together on the same Earth, like these finger people are stuck together in the same palm. Better make the best of it. ( Image Source: Cathy86 )

Purple Day. I didn’t know about Purple Day until these nice finger supporters from Cathy86 introduced it to me. (Image Source: Cathy86)

Finger Punk. “For sure it’s the middle finger =D” ( Image Source: Weyler Tomaszewski )

Friendship. Awe, aren’t they cutest finger friends? ( Image Source: arjunv )

Good Day. Don’t always stay in your room, even your fingers know how to bask in the sunlight! ( Image Source: Mupii )

Bad Day. Probably the face that my fingers will show me when I have played too much video games by knocking the keyboard aggressively. ( Image Source: Andres Reynoso )

Happiness and Joy. They will always be together throughout their whole life, so why not live it in a happy way? ( Image Source: Brian Kaleo Cox )

Hi. This one has a beard! ( Image Source: Kotaro Kawano )

Hug. They share a heart and a hug. Thanks Imadlak for this lovely one! ( Image Source: Imadlak )

I Guess That’s Love. It looks like these fingers have a far better love story than I do. No, I am not crying. ( Image Source: Imadlak )

Lover. And here’s another lovely moment of the finger couple, captured by creator Mupii. ( Image Source: Mupii )

Madam Fifi. Madam Fifi has a lot of detailed accessories, and she obviously had a very nice skincare treatment. ( Image Source: (f)ritz )

Just Smile! “These are the kind of expressions I wear every day. And now, so do my fingers!” ( Image Source: Daisy Oak )

Master Thief. Hey, what is that thing behind your back, Mr. Little Finger? Besides the fact that the expressions are accurately illustrated, you could see that Cathy86 has really invested lots of effort to make this work as realistic as possible. ( Image Source: Cathy86 )

The ‘Solo’. There’s always a naughty one in the band of the hand, can you guess which finger I’m talking about? ( Image Source: Cathy86 )

Mr. Finger’s Big Surprise. She is speechless with the flowers he has for her. It’s nice to know that some people put effort into making you happy. ( Image Source: olivia house )

Ninja Finger. He’s coming and he’s invisible… he is Ninja Finger. Epic idea from epic Timegril4468! ( Image Source: Timegirl4468 )

Out For The Night! Relax with your fingers when all the work for today is done! 2 super-mini beers please! ( Image Source: Poke The Rock )

Relaxing In A Tub. Nothing like a bubble bath to help a busy finger relax. No more facepalming on the keyboard for today. ( Image Source: (f)ritz )

Share the Cake. To listen or not to listen? That’s the question for this finger. But first of all, how will it eat the cake? ( Image Source: Poke The Rock )

Taking Photo. Enchanting and detailed face illustration is what makes this work really stands out from the rest. ( Image Source: EllieHickles95 )

TGIF. Probably the best-dressed finger of the list! Time to get down on Friday! ( Image Source: (f)ritz )

The Lost Finger. Whoa… where am I? ( Image Source: Misanthropus )

UGHHH. I admire Felipe Katsumata for coming up with this really creative idea and ughhh, it looks really painful! ( Image Source: Felipe Katsumata )

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