Meet Ronnie And Donnie: The Oldest Conjoined Twins In History

Such interesting lives.

Most people don't think twice about performing seemingly simple tasks like walking down the street, getting in the car or going for a dip in the pool. But for Ohio twins, Ronnie and Donnie, every activity, from the biggest to the very smallest, is an amazing feat of effort, cooperation and compromise. 


At 64 years old, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are the world's oldest living conjoined twins.

Previously, Italian conjoined twins Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci, who were born in 1877 and lived until the age of 63, held the record. 

But now, Ronnie and Donnie have taken the record, much to the surprise of family members and medical professionals.

Their younger brother Jim, told Nine Lives Media 1 that when Ronnie and Donnie were born in 1951, doctors didn't even expect them to make it through the night. 

But over six decades later, they are still thriving. 

"They're one body, but very much two human beings," says Jim of his two brothers.

The twins have four arms, four legs and share a lower digestive tract and pelvic area. They've spent every waking moment with each other, face-to-face, but have never known any other way of life. 

ABC News reports the twins "performed in circus and sideshow acts" before retiring in 1991 in the Dayton area. 

Now, with Jim's help, the twins can relax at home and go about their daily routine.

MLive.com notes that a customized bed from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has also greatly helped the twins, allowing them to sleep better and improving their "health and quality of life." 

The brothers' sister-in-law, Mary Galyon, told MLive.com that this bed has been a huge factor as to why the twins have made it this far. 

Though their customized bed and family support has helped them pull through, their love for each other has ultimately been most important.

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