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World's oldest conjoined twins Lori and George Schappell pass away at 62

From bowling trophies to country hits: Remembering Lori and George Schappell

By Web Desk
April 15, 2024
Conjoined but different: A look at extraordinary lives of the Schappells.—X@GWR/file
Conjoined but different: A look at extraordinary lives of the Schappells.—X@GWR/file 

The world said goodbye to its oldest conjoined twins – Lori and George Schappell – on Sunday at the age of 62, the Guinness World Records reported. 

Lori and George, twins born in 1961, were closely bonded at the head for decades but lived their lives separately. However, despite sustaining life through the same blood vessels and a part of their brain, they did not share any common interests. While George was good at being a country singer, Lori was a champion in ten-pin bowling and you could say, even received trophies for it.

Their story proceeded on in 2007 when George went through a transition and turned into a man; as the first same-sex conjoined twins, who had different genders, to do so.

Although Lori and George were physically together, the duo/pair separately developed their individualism. They occupied a two-bedroom flat paying for night shifts in turn. They had hobbies they did that one by one, and would disappear so one of them could be in the "zone."

Their routines were synchronised which included one person showering at a time with a plastic shower curtain as a guarantee of privacy. Foremost, they affirmed the indissolubility of their marriage to announce that they would never be parted.

Lori and George's heritage of holding on and being unique is a lesson of theirs which makes others who had flouted medical norms brave. They left behind their father, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and a very wide extended family.