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Fallecen los gemelos siameses más longevos del mundo, Lori y George Schappell

El 7 de abril marcó el triste final para Lori y George Schappell, los gemelos siameses más longevos del mundo, quienes perdieron la vida a la edad de 62 años en el Hospital de la Universidad de Pensilvania. Su legado va más allá de su condición física, superando las expectativas científicas y estableciendo múltiples récords mundiales.

Nacidos como Lori y Doris el 18 de septiembre de 1961 en Reading, Inglaterra, representaban uno de los casos menos comunes de unión, registrándose entre el 2% y el 6% de estos nacimientos a nivel mundial. Además de su singularidad física, la transición de género de Doris a George los hizo merecedores de un récord Guinness poco convencional.

A pesar de la unión de sus cerebros y vasos sanguíneos, que imposibilitaba una cirugía para separarlos, los gemelos pudieron construir vidas independientes, trabajando y viajando juntos. Los primeros años fueron difíciles, especialmente para George, quien padecía espina bífida y era más bajo en estatura, lo que requería la ayuda constante de Lori.

A lo largo de sus vidas, los hermanos demostraron una notable determinación por vivir de manera independiente, asistiendo a la escuela secundaria y tomando clases universitarias. Lori incluso renunció a su trabajo en la lavandería de un hospital en 1996 para apoyar el sueño artístico de George.

La vida amorosa de Lori también estuvo marcada por la tragedia, con su compromiso truncado por un trágico accidente automovilístico. En 2007, George tomó la valiente decisión de realizar una transición de género, convirtiéndose en uno de los primeros gemelos unidos del mismo sexo del mundo en identificarse como géneros diferentes.

El legado de Lori y George Schappell perdurará como un testimonio de resiliencia, determinación y amor fraternal, inspirando a muchos en todo el mundo.

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