Ronnie and Donnie Galyon has been looking forward to this moment for years.
“Put it this way, I’m stoked,” Ronnie Galyon, 62, said Wednesday.
So what’s the big deal? The brothers will soon become the oldest-ever conjoined twins. That’s particularly a good milestone since, in this day and age, it’s easier to pinpoint conjoined twins int he womb and abort the babies.
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The 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 accomplishment.
“They 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.”
Jim 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.
“It was to the point where they couldn’t do anything on their own anymore,” said Jim Galyon.
The 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.
The 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.
“It’s 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