Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are the world’s oldest living set of conjoined twins and also the world’s only adult male conjoined twins. Born in Dayton, Ohio on October 28, 1951, the brothers, joined from the sternum to the groin, were delivered vaginally. According to Ward Hall, the twins’ mother rejected them when they were born, leaving them to be raised by their father, Wesley, and later stepmother Mary. For the first two years of their lives, the twins were in and out of hospitals while doctors attempted to determine whether or not the twins could be separated. Because they share a single set of male organs, doctors decided that it was best not to separate them. They learned to walk at the age of 29 months.
At 58, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are the world’s oldest conjoined twins. A couple of weeks ago, they moved into a new home that was custom-built for their needs , including extra-wide hallways and a custom-built bed to accommodate their physical structure. The Christian Youth Corps Inc. arranged for the home to be built, with Brentwood Builders donating their services. When the project was publicized, further donations came in to cover building materials and furnishings. Volunteers came to the Dayton, Ohio site to help out. The new house is attached to the home of their younger brother and his wife, who have been caring for the twins for years, but no longer have to drive four miles to see them.
In the Spring of 1991, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon had a decision to make. They were retiring from years of traveling with their dad in the carnival circuit, and having helped to support their family of 9, they needed a place to settle down. They could move anywhere— but chose their hometown of Dayton, OH. They bought a small, modest house, just a few doors away from where they had been raised right here in the greater Dayton area