Conjoined Twin Explains How She And Her Brother Make Intimacy Work With Her Boyfriends

Lori and George Schappell explain how dating works despite being conjoined twins.
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A conjoined twin has explained how she still makes intimacy work with her boyfriend, despite her brother being there.

According to Mayo Clinic, conjoined twins are born when ‘an early embryo only partially separates to form two individuals’ – leading to them remaining physically connected.

They are largely the chest, abdomen or pelvis, as well as possibly sharing one or more internal body organs.

Two conjoined twins have recently gone viral after opening up about their unusual lifestyle.

One has even explained how she and her boyfriend make intimacy work in spite of the fact her brother is always there…

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The internet is loving their inspirational story, with one person writing: “They are truly amazing and both have such great character and strength.”

Another adds: “I think they are amazing… what beautiful hearts and souls.”

Lori and George Schappell, 62, are the oldest living conjoined twins in the world and despite the fact that they are joined at the head, they have managed to live separate lives.

The twins, from Pennsylvania, share 30 per cent of their frontal lobe brain tissue and critical blood tissue.

Per the Guinness World Records: “They are craniopagus twins, which means they have partially fused skulls, sharing vital blood vessels and 30% of their brain (the frontal lobe and parietal lobe). This is the rarest form of conjoined twinning, representing only 2-6% of cases.”

Lori George Schapell
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While Lori, who is 5ft 1in, was born able-bodied, George is 4ft 4in and suffers from spina bifida – which has led to him not being able to walk.

Due to this, he sits on a wheelchair-type stool which Lori pushes so the two can move together.

“Would we be separated? Absolutely not,” George said in a 1997 documentary.

“My theory is: why fix what is not broken?”

They were also born as sisters with the names Lori and Dori – but Dori started identifying as a man in 2007 and is now known as George.

This made George and his sister Lori the first same-sex conjoined twins to identify as different genders.

Lori and George
Lori and George Schappell are conjoined twins who have spoken about their dating lives. Credit: Alamy

Lori was engaged back in 2006, but four months before the couple were set to get married her fiancé was sadly killed by a drunk driver.

She admits to The Sun that her fiancé’s death was ‘devastating’ and that she has only just started dating again.

“George looked after me. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I could have lived through the heartbreak,” she adds.

When they were born, a court ruled that their parents were not fit enough to look after the conjoined twins and they were placed in an institution.

Despite this, they learnt to look after themselves and received excellent grades at school.

Once they turned 21, the Schappell twins entered into a legal battle with the institution so Lori could attend secretarial college – which they would end up winning.

After college Lori worked in a hospital laundry room and while she was working, George would read or listen to music.

The pair also take part in their own activities as Lori is a champion ten-pin bowler while George performs as a country and western singer.

They explain how they ‘zone out’ during the other one’s hobbies, managing to read of listen to music in the background.

Lori George Schapell
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The pair have opened up about the little things that make their condition so interesting and unique.

George laughs: “It’s the little things that intrigue people the most.

“I don’t drink but Lori loves a vodka and orange occasionally. She can feel terrible with a hangover and I’ll feel absolutely fine as our bodies are completely separate.”

They’ve also explained that they usually wash separately, with one standing outside of the tub protected by a shower curtain.

“We don’t always get a shower at the same time; in fact, hardly ever,” Lori revealed to Guinness World Records.

But now, the pair have opened up about how their condition impacts their dating life.

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Lori reveals that she lost her virginity at the age of 23 to her second boyfriend and has a desire to one day have kids and find a husband.

George is supportive of his sister going on dates – but he gives her privacy during her intimate moments with her partners.

Speaking to the outlet, Lori says: “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 George Schapell
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This is not the first time that Lori has spoken about her ambition to have a family one day, as she mentioned this in the 1997 documentary interview for Our Life.

She says: “I would love to have myself a family – a husband and children of mine.”

George adds: “Well, he [Lori’s future husband] would be like a brother-in-law to me that is it.

“They can do whatever they do and I’ll act like I’m not even there. I would block out.”

Lori concludes: “When we were born, the doctors didn’t think we’d make 30, but we proved them wrong.

“We have learned so much in the last 50 years and will continue living life to the full.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.