years after community members rallied to build an addition to their brother’s
house, the world’s oldest living conjoined twins, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon, are
healthy and approaching a milestone they’ve eyed for years.
it this way, I’m stoked,” Ronnie Galyon, 62, said Wednesday.
Galyons, who are joined at their abdomen, are expected to surpass the lifespan
of Chang and Eng Bunker, the world’s first known conjoined twins, this weekend,
and their brother Jim Galyon is planning a block party to celebrate the
are talking about it constantly, day in and day out,” Jim Galyon said. “They’ve
been marking their calendar off every day, counting down to the day, so it’s a
huge life event for Donnie and Ronnie.”
Galyon and his wife, Mary, have cared for the twins at their Winthrop Drive home
for the past four years, when Ronnie and Donnie moved in after a $170,000
renovation to the residence.
was to the point where they couldn’t do anything on their own anymore,” said Jim
that point, Ronnie and Donnie had been hospitalized in intensive care for three
weeks after Ronnie developed blood clots in his lungs and other illnesses
hampered the brothers.
new addition to the home has allowed Jim and Mary Galyon to provide 24-7 care to
the twins since they moved in.
“You’re on call 24-7, so even if they need something in the middle of the night
or whenever, you’ve got to be there,” Mary Galyon said. “It’s amazing, I mean,
just to see the brothers together. This is our family.”
Galyon twins thought they would break the Guinness world record for oldest
conjoined twins when they surpassed the Bunkers in age, but as the Dayton Daily
News discovered, Italian conjoined twins Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci
were the oldest ever at 63, according to Guinness.
Dayton Daily News contacted officials at Guinness, and a spokeswoman told the
newspaper the organization anticipates recognizing the twins in October when
they turn 63 and surpass the Battista Toccis record.
Acknowledgement from Guinness World Records is what the two brothers have been
looking forward to for years.
what me and Donnie’s always dreamed about, and we hope to get the ring, because
we’ve dreamed about getting this since we were kids,” Ronnie Galyon said.
block party celebration for the twins surpassing the Bunkers will be held this
Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.