Ronnie and Donnie Galyon eclipse world record for longest alive conjoined twins, celebrate their 63rd birthday at Disney World and Busch Gardens
Ronnie and Donnie Galyon perhaps are the world’s oldest conjoined twins, however, when they celebrated their 63rd birthday recently, they chose to keep it young — with a trip to Florida’s amusement parks. The Ohio-based twins unofficially accomplished the milestone the day after they turned 63 on Oct. 28. They broke the previous record held since more than seven decades by Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci, who were born in Italy in 1877 and lived to be 63.
A few months back on July 5, they lived one day longer than Chang and Eng Bunker, another pair of conjoined twins who claimed the world’s second-place spot in longevity. They threw a block party in their hometown of Beavercreek, just outside of Dayton, to celebrate that milestone. Relatives of Gaylon-twins say, that the veterans of the circus and carnivals, are enjoying their time in the spotlight.
‘It’s a lifelong dream, and they are absolutely loving it,’ said their brother, Jim Galyon. Jim Galyon’s birthday gift to the twins comprised taking his brothers to a trip to Florida. ‘While they could still get out, I said, ‘Guys, let’s go ahead and make the trek this year,’ he added. On their birthday the Galyon brothers visited Disney World and Busch Gardens. And on Christmas there were lots of presents for Ronnie and Donnie, kept in the living room of the house the twins share with their brother Jim and his wife, Mary. ‘We have a lot to be grateful for,’ Jim said. ‘They are really healthy.’
The twins haven’t received their official certificate from the Guinness World Records yet — that confirms they’re the longest-living conjoined twins in history. But they’re living as if they’re already first place. Ronnie and Donnie are attached at the waist and face each other. Both have two arms and two legs each and have separate hearts and stomachs, but share a lower digestive tract, a groin, a rectum and penis, over which Donnie has control.
The twins stayed in the hospital for two years in Dayton, Ohio, in October 1951 after being born as doctors tried to find a way to separate them. When it was finally established that there was no guarantee both babies would survive an operation to part them, the parents decided against going for the risky procedure.
The twins from the age of four started performing in carnival sideshows in the U.S. and circuses throughout Central and South America. They were not allowed entry into school, because the teachers thought they were too distracting to the other students. ”So, they carried on with their work at circuses in Central and South America where they performed magic tricks and were treated ‘like rock stars”, said Jim Galyon. In 1991 at the age of 39 the twins retired and moved to Beavercreek to be close to Jim, who is younger by 11 years.
In 2010 Jim was hell-bent on moving the twins in with him, because they had to battle poor health when Ronnie suffered a viral infection that caused blood clots in his lungs; however, Jim’s home was not handicapped-accessible. Christian Youth Corps came to the rescue of the twins – it helped accommodate the house for the twins’ needs, including a kitchen, wide hallways, oversized bathroom and shower. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gifted a custom-designed bed to the Gaylons – which Ronnie said allowed him to ‘sleep like a baby’.http://www.aartiinformatics.com/tvshowbiz/worlds-oldest-conjoined-twins/http://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/oldest-conjoined-twins.jpghttp://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/oldest-conjoined-twins-300x300.jpgTV & SHOWBIZconjoined twins,longest-living conjoined twins in history,oldest conjoined twins,Ronnie and Donnie Galyon,twins,world's oldest conjoined twinsRonnie and Donnie Galyon perhaps are the world's oldest conjoined twins, however, when they celebrated their 63rd birthday recently, they chose to keep it young — with a trip to Florida's amusement parks. The Ohio-based twins unofficially accomplished the milestone the day after they turned 63 on Oct. 28....Aarti InformaticsAarti Daartiinformatics@gmail.comAdministratorAarti Informatics lead in development and invention of the industry’s most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, web-based solutions & business strategies.Aarti Informatics