Conjoined Ohio twins, 62, mark a milestone

Sat Jul 5, 2014 12:48pm EDT
 
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By Kim Palmer

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - (In Friday story, corrects year of birth for Bunker twins to 1811, instead of 1881, and amends first paragraph to make clear the celebration is not open to the public)

The world’s oldest conjoined twins plan to celebrate surpassing the life span of the original “Siamese Twins” on Saturday with a celebration in Ohio.

Donnie and Ronnie Galyon turn 62 years, 8 months and 8 days old, thereby outliving Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who lived from 1811 to 1874.

The Bunkers were born in Siam, now Thailand.

A party for the Galyons is planned in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

The Galyons are joined at the sternum and share organs, which became an issue four years ago when Ronnie was sick with a virus that affected Donnie’s health as well.

The twins live with their younger brother Jim Galyon and his wife Mary.   Continued...