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An unborn twin sister fused to her skin? A model with a mysterious birthmark

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An unborn twin sister fused to her skin? A model with a mysterious birthmark

An unborn twin sister fused to her skin? A model with a mysterious birthmark

California – Taylor Muhl grew up obsessed with all things twins. From playing with dolls to playing with her friends, everything was about twins with Taylor. She would frequently ask her mother if she had a twin, as it turns out not only does Taylor have a twin, she is her own twin.

Taylor is a 33-year-old model who has been diagnosed with genetic Chimerism. Chimerism occurs when one fraternal twin absorbs the other in utero. A chimera, in medicine, means that a person has two different types of cells in their body, which is why a chimera would have to come from fraternal twin absorption and not identical. There are only around 100 confirmed cased of chimerism in the world today, leaving it undiagnosed in many cases. Taylor for instance only discovered she was a chimera when on the television she saw a baby with the same two-toned stomach as her.

Sometimes chimeras will have patches of skin that are a different color from the rest of their skin, not only is the skin a different color but; “I have two different immune systems, and I have two different blood streams. My body treats my sister’s DNA and cells as foreign matter and wants to get rid of them, but it can’t.” Taylor said of her condition.
Having two immune systems can cause some odd problems for Taylor, she has allergies to certain metals only on one side of her body. She also suffers more flu than other people since as her two immune systems fight each other, they leave her as a whole with fewer defenses.

Taylor and other chimeras need to be aware that their condition can cause abnormal test results, so it’s important that every time they see a doctor that they explain their condition. Once a doctor is aware of the condition, it is simple to adjust for it and end up at the correct test result.

Taylor, who used to do everything she could to hide her two-toned stomachs is now showing it off to the world. “I had always kept my stomach a secret, covering it up or having photographers Photoshop it out, but now I want to embrace the way I look. I want to inspire people to feel beautiful and confident with their difference.”

Taylor Muhl shares her struggles with Chimerism on her Facebook page

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