Tuesday, September 12, 2006
LOVE AND THE CONJOINED TWIN
Last week's 20/20 featured conjoined twins and the growing interest in the psychological aftermath of separation. The oldest living female conjoined twins, Reba and Lori Schappell, who are joined at the head and have chosen not to be separated, were also interviewed for the show. These women have distinct and dynamic personalities: they've recorded a country music album, appeared in film and television and one of the twins has always had a very healthy romantic life (she currently has a boyfriend). For bioethicists, they are living proof that separation isn't the only option for conjoined twins. One expert even noted that when studying conjoined twins throughout history, she was surprised to discover that most of them were not only okay being conjoined but also saw theirs as a superior state of being.
My mother's very thoughtful reaction to Reba and Lori Schappell's story:
"Sabila, even women joined at the heads have boyfriends."
At least she left it at that and didn't harp on it.