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The former 22-year-old twin becomes a TikTok star


A former connected twin has become a TikTok star by educating people about her rare condition nine years after her sister's death.

Gabrielle & # 39; Gabby & # 39; Garcia, 22, of Idaho Falls was born to her sister Micheala. The duo shared a pair of legs and kidneys, a bladder and an intestine.

They had surgery to separate from each other when they were eight months old.

Unfortunately, Michaela passed away in 2011 at the age of 13 after a surgical mesh infected her stomach.

Gabrielle went to TikTok to share her incredible story. Your videos are quickly viewed over a million times.

Former twin wife Gabrielle & # 39; Gabby & # 39; Garcia, 22, became a TikTok star by educating people about her rare condition nine years after her sister died

Gabrielle & # 39; Gabby & # 39; Garcia, 22, of Idaho Falls was born to her sister Micheala. The duo shared a pair of legs and kidneys, a bladder and an intestine

Gabrielle & # 39; Gabby & # 39; Garcia, 22, of Idaho Falls was born to her sister Micheala. The duo shared a pair of legs and kidneys, a bladder and an intestine

Gabrielle went to TikTok to share her incredible story. Your videos are quickly viewed over a million times

Gabrielle went to TikTok to share her incredible story. Your videos are quickly viewed over a million times

When Gabrielle & # 39; s mother, Karen Swarens, found out she was pregnant with conjoined twins, she refused to have an abortion.

Gabrielle and her sister Karen were born at 36 1/2 weeks and stayed connected for an additional eight months until they had a 12-hour surgery.

After a successful operation, the twins suffered additional medical complications in 2011 when the surgical mesh that was placed inside their stomach to form a stomach wall became infected and both were hospitalized.

While Gabriella was discharged from the hospital on November 4, 2011, her sister died the day after when the infection reached her bloodstream and made her septic.

Sisters Gabrielle and Micheala introduced themselves together as toddlers

Sisters Gabrielle and Micheala introduced themselves together as toddlers

Speaking of the pain of losing her sister, Gabrielle said, "I'm sitting here wondering until I go crazy, all that what-if."

Speaking of the pain of losing her sister, Gabrielle said, "I'm sitting here wondering until I go crazy, all that what-if."

Gabrielle used the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease

Gabrielle used the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease

Gabrielle used the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease

"You often see how dangerous surgical mesh can be because it is like a foreign object in the body, and sometimes our bodies reject it," Gabrielle told the East Idaho News.

Speaking of the pain of losing her sister, she told the publication, “I'm sitting here wondering until I go crazy, all that what-if.

"They say that time should really make everything better and easier, but some days I feel like it hurts more than the first day it happened."

Two months ago, Gabrielle decided she wanted to share the story of her and her sister and went to the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease.

"Because of my birth, I learned what it is like to grow up with the world's best friend," she wrote of her sister in a clip that has been viewed over 9 million times.

The Cip has been viewed over 9 million times

"Because of my birth, I learned what it is like to grow up with the world's best friend," she wrote of her sister in a clip that has been viewed over 9 million times

"With scars from the bottom of our tail bones to the top of our shoulders, we were always reminded of our phenomenal connection," she wrote

Two months ago, Gabrielle decided she wanted to share the story of her and her sister and went to the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease

Two months ago, Gabrielle decided she wanted to share the story of her and her sister and went to the TikTok social media platform to raise awareness of her rare disease

"And she made me who I am today."

She adds in the video that conjoined twins occur in 1 in 200,000 births.

On the platform, Gabrielle explains how to use an ostomy bag as she does not have a bladder that was given to her sister when she was operated on as a baby.

While answering questions about herself, she explains that she used a wheelchair and also got a prosthetic leg, although she finds it uncomfortable and does not use it often.

Gabrielle was recently informed that she had a brain tumor, a diagnosis that had nothing to do with being a conjoined twin.

She says her mantra is, "In the end everything will be okay, and if it's not okay, it's not the end."

“I always live by it. I think this is just a mountain you're walking over right now and it will be fine.