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The world’s oldest pair of Siamese twins have died


Twins Lori and George Schappell passed away earlier in April, aged 62. They were the world’s oldest living pair of conjoined twins, according to Guinness World Records. File photo: John A. Secoges / Reading Eagle via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 14.04.2024 07:23:03

Culture and entertainment: They died on 7 April in a hospital in Pennsylvania, according to the obituary. No cause of death has been given.

– When we were born, the doctors didn’t think we would live to be 30 years old, but we proved them wrong, Lori said in an interview with The Philadelphia Enquirer when they turned 50. The twins were born on September 18, 1961.

They had separate brains, but joined together in the skull. George, who had a congenital deformity of the spine and was 10 centimeters shorter, was wheeled around by Lori in an adapted wheelchair.

Although they were never free from each other, it was “very important” to both of them “to live as independently as possible”, the obituary says.

Both went to school and took subjects at university level. George joined for six years while Lori worked in a hospital laundry. Lori later quit her job so the twin could pursue a career as a country artist.

According to The Philadelphia Enquirer, Lori was once engaged, but her fiancé died in a traffic accident.

– When I went on a date, George brought books to read, Lori said in the interview.

Medical separation was considered risky, but Lori said in a 2002 interview with the AP that she didn’t think it was necessary anyway.

– You don’t joke with what God creates, she said. George agreed in the 1997 documentary.

– Why repair something that is not broken, he asked. The twins’ father and six siblings remain after their passing.

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