On February 26, 2002, twins Kendra and Maliyah Herrin were brought into the world while sharing a few different body organs including a large intestine, bladder, liver, and single kidney.
From the beginning of their lives, their parents knew that the procedure to separate the girls would be incredibly risky and could end in heartbreak.
One physician told the parents that the twins didn’t have the necessary organs to live after the separation procedure. When Erin was still pregnant with the girls, the doctor actually advised Erin to abort the girls.
But at the ripe age of only 4, Maliyah and Kendra made international news when they became the only pair of twins to share a kidney to undergo and survive a separation procedure.
Despite the long odds, the more than 24-hour-long procedure ended up being a big success.
The sisters next had to learn how to live and survive with separate bodies.
The Herrin sisters are currently 17 years old (in 2019) and are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They each have one leg and are both overjoyed that their parents decided to go through with the procedure many years ago. They have created their own Youtube channel with thousands of fans. They create content sharing their journey and providing motivation and inspiration to subscribers.
In this video, entitled “The Twins That Were Cut in Half,” you’ll get to witness just how strong these girls are despite everything they’ve been through. Enjoy!