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Conjoined Twins Discuss Function, What Happens If One Dies

The conjoined twins discuss their partners and what would happen if one of them passed away.

A set of conjoined twins used TikTok to respond to some of the most common questions people ask them.

Below the waist, Carmen and Lupita Andrade, 23, share limbs and organs.

According to MailOnline, since they share a bloodstream and inhabit the same body, they both get intoxicated when one of them does.

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However, Carmen asserted, “we’re still two different people,” and they can prove it with different IDs and social security numbers.

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The twins, who were born in Mexico and then relocated to Connecticut, USA, shocked medical professionals by surviving much beyond the odds that predicted their short lives.

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They are now mature enough to discuss some of the myths and oddities surrounding living as conjoined twins.

Carmen and Lupita shared some of their reality in a TikTok video that has received over 9.8 million views.

“One of us can be awake and one of us can be asleep,” Carmen stated.

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“If one of us is tired, we both don’t have to both be tired because we have two separate brains.”

She added: “It’s funny because I stay up later than Lupita, but when [my boyfriend] sleeps over, I fall asleep quickly, and he stays up talking with her.”

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They also can’t control each other’s limbs, even if Carmen is in the driving seat of a car.

But that doesn’t mean their experiences are totally separate.

If one of them dies, the other will soon follow.

Carmen said: “We share a bloodstream, so eventually sepsis will kick in and obviously within hours or days the other one will die.

“But we’re not dead, so why always ask us that?”

Some strangers were keen to know how they have sex if they share a reproductive system.

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They both suffer from pelvic pain and endometriosis, but Carmen said that their audience would have to “do the math of your weird inappropriate questions.”

She did, however, disclose that she and Lupita are unable to conceive. In any case, Carmen and her partner don’t want children, she continued.

Since they first met, she has been dating Daniel for three years, and she has made it very apparent that he is only in a relationship with her and not her asexual sister.

Carmen instantly knew he was different from all the men who fetishise conjoined twins.

She told Today: “I never tried to hide the fact that I’m a conjoined twin, which meant I got a lot of messages from guys with fetishes.

“He didn’t lead with a question about my condition.

“I have social anxiety, and I’ve ended up cancelling dates at the last minute, but I felt calm on the way there.”

Abby and Brittany Hensel, two more conjoined twins, have encountered a similar situation.

The news of Abby and Josh Bowling’s 2021 wedding didn’t surface until last month.

Remarkably, Abby changed her last name so that there are two surnames in the same body; Brittany was not on the witness list, but Morgan, the other sister, was.

Given how many internal systems Carmen and Lupita share, surgical separation of the conjoined twins is not a viable option due to the high risk involved.

If they were tired of each other’s company, it could be concerning, but it appears like they’re getting along great.

“Sometimes at the end of the day, we’re just exhausted and we don’t want to talk,” Carmen said.

“That’s when we’ll go on different devices and do our own thing.

“I have my laptop to do schoolwork, and Lupita will put on headphones and listen to music or go on her phone.

“We’ve been conjoined our whole life, so it’s not like we miss our independence. It’s all we’ve ever known, right?”


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