Pin and Pan

Conjoined twin sisters don’t want separation surgery

Conjoined twins Pin and Pan’s bond is so strong that they don’t want to be separated – even if it proved medically possible.


The seven-year-old sisters, from Thailand, were born with their own heads, torsos, and arms but are connected at the waist.

The duo share a pair of legs, with Pin having control of one and Pan controlling the other, and have learned to walk, dress, eat – and, incredibly, even ride a tricycle – as one.

The twins live in Nakhon Sawan, around 250km north of Bangkok, Thailand, with their grandparents – who describe them as “normal, happy” children
Their grandma, Noknoi Pongchumnan, said: “They love singing, eating ice cream, helping each other with dressing up and giggling together.”
Conjoined twins are very rare, occurring around once in every 2.5 million births – but Pin and Pan have mastered the art of walking around crab-like on their hands and feet and can even climb two flights of stairs without help.
For longer distances, they ride a pink tricycle, and at school, a teacher pushes them from building to building in a wheelchair.
The twins attend Nakhonsawanpunyanukul Special School for disadvantaged children, where they are popular with both students and staff.
The twins’ teachers and grandparents hope that their education will give them the skills to live an independent life in the future.

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