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Twins featured on CBC

Vernon’s Tatiana and Krista Hogan are featured in the documentary Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body.  It will be shown on CBC Thursday. - Submitted Photo
Vernon’s Tatiana and Krista Hogan are featured in the documentary Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body. It will be shown on CBC Thursday.
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Two Vernon sisters and their story of survival are the focus of a new documentary.

Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body captures a year in the life of seven-year-old conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan. It airs Thursday on CBC’s DocZone at 7 p.m.

“These little girls are just so happy, loving and sweet,” said producer/director Judith Pyke.

“They handle their circumstance and every day with such sparkle.”

Joined at the head, the sisters were given only a 20 per cent chance of survival at birth.

The documentary unravels the mystery of Tatiana and Krista’s brain connection.

“They are the only known twins in the world who can see what the other sees and feel what the other feels,” said Pyke.

“Their family also believes they share the sense of taste, and can even send thoughts back and forth. That’s because of a neural bridge between each girl’s thalamus – a part of the brain that regulates consciousness and relays sensory and motor signals. An MRI test suggests the twins can sense, and perhaps even control one another’s limbs.”

Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body follows major events in the twins’ lives, including the beginning of Grade 2, Halloween, their seventh birthday party and a medical trip to Vancouver.

Because of their conjoined state, the girls face myriad health problems – including epilepsy and heart concerns.

“As our cameras follow daily life at home, we see how the large extended Hogan family takes all of the challenges in stride, determined to give the twins as normal a life as possible,” said Pyke.

 

“And we watch as two rambunctious little girls overcome the obstacles, thanks to a loving family who regard them as a blessing.”

 

 

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