George and Lori Schappell, the world’s oldest living conjoined twins from Pennsylvania, America, plan to celebrate their 50th birthday this Sunday with a trip to London, England. Lori, 5ft 1in, is a champion ten-pin bowler, while George, 4ft 4in, works as a successful country and western singer.
The pair is proving that nothing is impossible. “When we were born, the doctors didn't think we'd make 30, but we proved them wrong,” Lori said. “We have learned so much in the last 50 years and will continue living life to the full.”
The twins are sharing 30 per cent of their frontal lobe brain tissue and critical blood vessels, which mean they cannot be separated. Lori is able to move, but George suffers from spina bifida that causes severe mobility problems so he just sits in a wheelchair-type stool.
Lori and George Schappell are able to live very different and separate lives
The famous twins have been featured in television documentaries, appeared on talk shows and even made a cameo appearance on the TV drama series “Nip/Tuck”
George has won an LA Music Award for Best New Country Artist
Lori has dated some men though the twins are now both single
Lori was engaged five years ago, but her fiancé was killed by a drunk driver four months before the couple was due to marry. “It was devastating and my heart is broken.” Lori said
Tona Lewis, left, from Brick, New Jersey, shakes hands with conjoined twins Lori and George Schappell during the grand opening celebration of Ripley's “Believe It Or Not Odditorium” in New York's Times Square
“There was absolutely nothing wrong with us, apart from physically.” Lori said
“Most people don't believe us but we do have very normal lives.” George said
The twins, aged 17, pose with one of Lori's first boyfriends
An image of the twins as they were kids
“When I went on dates, George would bring along books to read and, as we don't face each other, he could ignore any kissing. I don't see why being a conjoined twin should stop me having a love life and feeling like a woman.” Lori talks about her dating
The life of George and Lori Schappell: World's Oldest-Living Conjoined Twins