Having been through a lot and going against what scientists predicted, the oldest conjoin twins celebrated their 63rd Birthday in Ohio, USA.
Ronnie and Donnie are joined at the waist and face each other. They have four arms and four legs and separate hearts and stomachs but share a lower digestive tract, a groin, a rectum and penis, over which Donnie has control.
The twins were born healthy in October 1951 but stayed in the hospital for two years as doctors tried to figure out how to separate them. When experts said they could not guarantee both babies would survive an operation to part them, the parents said they would stay as they were. The boys did not go to school as teachers asked them to leave because they were too distracting to the other students. From the age of four to 39, they supported their family by performing in carnival sideshows in the U.S. and circuses throughout Central and South America.
The twins live with their younger brother Jim