Watch the formerly conjoined twins who have one leg each
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Formerly conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah Herrin, from Salt Lake City, Utah, were separated when they were 4-years-old and now they both have one leg each.
The sisters shared an abdomen, pelvis, liver, large intestine, and two legs so their parents decided to separate them.
They were separated on August 7, 2006, after 18-hour surgery.
Now, the twins are 17-years-old and have their own YouTube channel where they share their life experiences.
The twins say they are grateful to their parents, Erin and Jake decided to separate them and they feel like they are just like everyone else.
Kendra said: “When people first hear our story, they like to ask a lot of questions – but simply we feel like we’re the same as everybody else, we just have a few things that are different.”
Speaking to BBC Three documentary, Living Differently, Maliyah said that her parents told her and her sister about the operation but they were too young to understand it.
The only kidney they had was given to Kendra while Maliyah went onto dialysis. Later, their mother donated her kidney to Maliyah but unfortunately, it failed 10 years later and she had to go back onto dialysis.
Maliyah had her second kidney transplant last year.
Despite having one leg each, the girls are thriving. They even make dinner and go to school where they have a lot of friends.
Maliyah said: “We’re lucky and we’ve never been bullied at school but I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky.”
The girls have a huge fan following on their social media accounts and their mother says that they love when people respond to them.
“Their self-esteem blows me away, people could learn a lot from them”, their mother says.
Kendra added: “We like making the videos just to make people feel positive and we like sharing our world.”