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Conjoined twin Abby Hensel marries army veteran in quiet ceremony

Marriage of Abby Hensel becomes talk of the town after their wedding video goes viral

By Web Desk
March 29, 2024
Abby Hensel gets married with Joshua Bowling, a former army veteran. — Facebook/Joshua Bowling
Abby Hensel gets married with Joshua Bowling, a former army veteran. — Facebook/Joshua Bowling

Abby Hensel, one half of the famous conjoined twins from the TLC show "Abby & Brittany," has married. 

The 34-year-old Minnesota teacher tied the knot with nurse and US Army veteran Josh Bowling in 2021, according to public records obtained by Today. The twins have stayed away from the media since their show ended in 2012.

Following their marriage, Abby and Brittany Hensel garnered considerable attention when a video of their wedding went viral across social media platforms. In the heartwarming footage, the twins were seen donning a single white wedding gown as they shared a dance with Josh at the reception.

The Hensel sisters' Facebook profile picture reportedly shows them in a wedding dress, holding hands with Bowling in a gray suit.

Abby and Brittany live in Minnesota, their hometown. They are both fifth-grade teachers. Looking at pictures on Bowling's Facebook, it seems they love spending time outdoors and going out for ice cream, like a normal family.

The twins became famous after being on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1996. After that, they had their own TV show on TLC. It showed them going to college and traveling in Europe.

Abby and Brittany are dicephalic conjoined twins, meaning they share one body with two heads. Their parents opted against separation surgery due to the low chance of survival for both twins. While they have separate hearts and stomachs, they share a single pair of arms and legs below the waist.

Despite their physical limitations, the twins have always aimed for a normal life. Their doctor, Dr Joy Westerdahl, marveled at their ability to coordinate complex movements despite having separate brains.

In a 2003 documentary, their mother even revealed their desire to have children someday, something doctors believe could be possible.

Despite their physical limitations, the twins have achieved many milestones, including getting their driver's licenses, graduating from college, and traveling to Europe. They have expressed a desire to have children someday, but there's no word on if they're planning to expand their family soon. Josh already has a child from a previous relationship.