[Jonas Pelling, Health and Medicine Contributor]
The twins share a single body which also has two arms and two legs and are said to have a condition known as dicephalic parapagus whereby twins are born, but only one body develops. The condition mainly occurs in southwest Asia and Africa although it is known to happen elsewhere.
In the USA, for example, the dicephalic parapagus twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel, now 21, are media celebrities and have even been on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The sisters share a perfectly normal single body, although some of their internal organs have been replicated. They are able to eat and write separately, but activities such as walking and driving need to be done as a team.
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