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Conjoined twin Abby Hensel is now married

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  3 weeks ago  •  14 comments

By:   Rachel Abrahamson

Conjoined twin Abby Hensel is now married
Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel first gained national attention when they appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1996.

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Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel first gained national attention when they appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1996.

Now the sisters have reached a major life milestone: Abby is married.

The Hensels later starred in the feel-good TLC reality series "Abby and Brittany," which showed them driving, traveling to Europe and even riding a moped. When the show ended after one season, Abby and Brittany had just graduated from college with degrees in education.

A lot has happened in the last decade. Abby, 34, is now married. According to public records, Abby, a teacher, and Josh Bowling, a nurse and United States Army veteran, tied the knot in 2021. The sisters also shared photos of the wedding on social media. The couple live in Minnesota, where the Hensels were born and raised.

The sisters are both teaching fifth grade in Minnesota.

According to pictures and videos on Bowling's Facebook page, the family enjoys nature hikes, ice cream and and snow tubing. TODAY.com reached out to Abby for comment but did not get an immediate response.

Abby and Brittany are dicephalus conjoined twins, and share a bloodstream and all organs below the waist. Abby controls their right arm and leg, Brittany controls the left.

When Abby and Brittany were born in 1990, their parents, Patty and Mike Hensel, decided against separation surgery, deeming it too risky. At the time, doctors said there was little chance that both would survive the operation.

"How could you pick between the two?" Mike said, during a 2001 interview with Time magazine.

Only about one in every 200,000 live births result in conjoined twins. Approximately 70% of conjoined twins are female, and most are stillborn, according to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

In the 2003 documentary "Joined for Life," Patty Hensel said that her daughters were interested in having children one day.

"That is probably something that could work because those organs do work for them," Patty shared.

"Yeah, we're going to be moms," Brittany said. "We haven't thought about how being moms is going to work yet. But we're just 16 — we don't need to think about that right now."


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devangelical
Professor Principal
1  devangelical    3 weeks ago

congrats, although a number of uh, ... interesting scenarios are now flooding my brain...

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.1  cjcold  replied to  devangelical @1    3 weeks ago

The scenarios are mind boggling.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  cjcold @1.1    3 weeks ago

awkward. I'm way too immature to speculate further ...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @1.1    3 weeks ago

Not really that many.  The twins just have to participate as a team with Abby controlling one arm and leg and Brittany the other as they always do.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.1.3  cjcold  replied to  devangelical @1.1.1    3 weeks ago
to speculate further

I'm way too jaded not to speculate further.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
1.1.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

Go for it.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
2  Drinker of the Wry    3 weeks ago

Double the pleasure, double the fun.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
3  Ed-NavDoc    3 weeks ago

There are loads of questions that just cannot be asked here.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4  MrFrost    3 weeks ago

So....the wedding night was a threesome? 

Win! 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
4.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  MrFrost @4    3 weeks ago
So....the wedding night was a threesome? 

I’m surprised that you have to ask.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.2  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @4    3 weeks ago

gee, what happens when brittany starts dating?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
4.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @4.2    3 weeks ago

They take turns.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Guide
5  Hal A. Lujah    3 weeks ago

Abby was pissed that Brittany kept photobombing her wedding pictures.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
6  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

Maybe Josh Bowling is suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder) and she (they?) was (were?) the only choice he could have made that would totally satisfy his particular need. 

 
 

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