Conjoined twins Laurie and George Chappelle die at the age of 62

The conjoined twins who set a world record as the oldest in this rare phenomenon, and were the first to know that they were of different sexes, have died at the age of 62.

Lori and George Chappelle died in a hospital in Pennsylvania on April 7, they announced Obituary. The cranial twins – joined at the head – shared 30% of their brains, but had radically different professions and interests.

“Dorie had a career as a country singer, performing all over the United States; and Laurie is a trophy-winning bowler.

“I don't wake up and think, 'Oh, I'm a conjoined twin.' I have two arms and two legs. “I’m just a normal person…living a normal life.” Los Angeles Times In a 2002 interview.

Doctors gave the couple just one year to live when they were born in 1961, but they managed to defy the odds and live independently in their own apartment, with Laurie pushing George, who had spina bifida, into a wheelchair.

With no surgery available at the time to separate the two, the twins were given a wave of dire diagnoses and doctors eventually convinced their parents to institutionalize them for more than two decades. But they chose to always look forward, paving their own paths throughout adulthood.

In 2007, George announced his famous decision to transition, making them the world's first conjoined twins to identify as heterosexual. They had different rooms in their Pennsylvania apartment, changed their sleeping arrangements every night, showered at different times and learned to “ignore each other” when they weren't compatible or when the situation called for it, Lori noted in a 2002 interview.

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“Everything she does is normal, but we are very happy,” she said.

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