twins Abby and Brittany Hensel are
about to turn 16- that means they’re
very busy with schoolwork, sports,
social activities and, yes, testing
for their driver’s license.
To most, this may seem extraordinary,
but Abby and Brittany have been doing
extraordinary things all their lives.
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twins Abby and Brittany Hensel
are about to turn 16- that means
they’re very busy with schoolwork,
sports, social activities and,
yes, testing for their driver’s
license. To most, this may seem
extraordinary, but Abby and Brittany
have been doing extraordinary
things all their lives.
They ride bikes and motorcycles.
They play the piano, volleyball,
basketball, softball and swim
- basically, anything many other
people their age do. They are
attractive, smart, funny, outgoing
and have been blessed to live
in a wonderful family and small,
rural community treats them
like anyone else. As a result
they are the most "normal"
and possibly most talented conjoined
While most conjoined twins are
separated shortly after birth,
that was never a viable option
for them. With one set of legs
and one set of arms and several
shared internal organs, their
lives were destined to be lived
typically resist all media and
press - it's one of the reasons
they live such a normal life.
But they have agreed (for the
third time) to allow us to help
them tell their story. Our story
about Abby and Brittany will
tell their back story and recap
many of the amazing things they
have done as children and look
at their current life as ambitious
and adventuresome teenagers.
Their story will amaze, inspire
and give new meaning to what
viewers think is possible for
conjoined twins who are never
Cast and Credits
A very special
KOTY AND MORGAN HENSEL
DAVID A. KURTOVICH
CLAYTON SOUND SERVICES
BLAZING MUSIC + SOUND
Design and Mix
VIEW STUDIO, INC
MARY ANN BELLA
LYNN CHRISTIANSON, MD
TAMARA VOGT AND FAMILY
JOY WESTERDAHL, MD
MAYER LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
Purchase on DVD or VHS Total Running Time: 50 minutes
Produced in 2006
And if you enjoyed Joined for
Life: Abby and Brittany Turn 16,
you might also like to watch the original
- Joined for Life.
and Brittany Hensel are eleven-year-old
conjoined twins (the scientific and
politically correct term for Siamese
twins). They are intelligent, energetic,
fun-loving girls who just happen to
share one set of legs and one set
of arms - each girl controlling one
half of their conjoined body.
their own words, they are “just
two people…stuck together.”
can two people live in such close
and constant proximity for an entire
lifetime? The very concept challenges
one of the most central notions of
the human experience - individuality.
challenges are both big and small.
To read more about Joined for
A few words from Abby
and Brittany themselves regarding
Joined for Life: Abby and Brittany