Yesterday, twin sisters Tatiana and Krista Hogan celebrated their 10th birthdays. And though for some kids, turning 10 means being in double-digits and getting their ears (finally!) pierced, for Tatiana and Krista, their 10th birthday marks a monumental health miracle.
This is because Tatiana and Krista are conjoined at the head and weren’t expected to live past just one day after being born in 2007.
According to CBC, which documented the days leading up to the girls’ 10th birthday, Tatiana and Krista are a medical phenomenon. The sisters are neurologically connected, and doctors have discovered that Tatiana can see out of Krista’s eyes.
They also share touch and taste senses: Tatiana controls three of their arms and a leg, and Krista controls three legs and an arm.
Even though the girls’ school teachers are pleasantly surprised with their eagerness to learn, as well as their academic progress (and we’re equally impressed with their tandem bike-riding and tobogganing abilities), life isn’t always smiles and playtime for the twins.
Both little girls suffer from epileptic fits and diabetes. Although the two are described as having very distinct and colorful personalities, Krista does have a temper and can become aggressive.
Fortunately for Tatiana and Krista, they are surrounded by a loving, multi-generational family who work together as to provide the best, most comfortable life for the girls: their parents, Felicia and Brendan Hogan, the girls’ three other siblings, and grandparents, Louise and Doug McKay.
Here’s wishing these young troopers the very best for their next 10 years and beyond!
This post was written by Ellie McDonald. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.