They say that two heads are better than one, but what happens when two heads are completely connected to each other? Conjoined twins are certainly a rare occurrence, but it still happens more frequently than people realize. Besides the slew of medical issues that could arise from being born conjoined, there are also countless emotional issues that come with being attached to someone all your life, without any privacy or space to live separate lives. Here are 12 sets of twins who were born conjoined, some of which managed to separate themselves through surgery and others that weren’t quite as lucky.
Chang and Eng Bunker
Born in 1811 in Siam (now Thailand), the Bunkers shared a liver and toured the world as entertainers. Later in life, they married sisters and had over 20 children.
Ladan and Laleh Bijani
Ladan and Laleh Bijani were born in Iran in 1979, joined at the head. These twins met with a neurosurgeon from Singapore in 2002 in hopes of getting separated. However, due to complications following the surgery and major blood loss, the twins died just a few hours later.
Lori and George Schappell
These twins are also conjoined at the head and share 30 percent of their brain matter. Under the name Reba Schappell, George has performed internationally singing country music. Dori has a jobdoing laundry at a hospital and works around George’s music schedule.