Once Conjoined Twins Now Co-Valedictorians

The family of Emily and Caitlin Copeland describe their incredible journey.
4:13 | 06/10/14

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We're fast approaching 7:41. The latest in our series on overcomers. Triumph over tough challenges that life can throw at us all. Two young women, Emily and Caitlin Copeland, they were born conjoined, kept it a secret for a long time, this morning, they're sharing this remarkable story on this their 18th birthday. You'll see this only on "Good morning amica." They're as close as two sisters can be. I like growing up with her, she's fun. Reporter: Emily and Caitlin Copeland, 18-year-old conjoined twins, who can share an easy laugh, a bond few can ever imagine. Emily and Caitlin were born C conjoined. Their parents were thrilled to hear they were pregnant with twins, until they heard con joined. That was a long, long horrible weekend. I think the biggest thing was the lack of information that we had on the whole situation. There wasn't anything good on the internet. One baby survives separation, the other died that was the worse. Reporter: Doctors at children's memorial hospital in Houston did everything to ensure a safely delivery for the first case of conjoined twins. But there was hope. Fortunately the heart was not share. . Reporter: Fast forward, 18 years later, the twins who were successfully separated at 10 months, are more than thriving. They're co-valedictorians of their high school class. About to head off to college. We're going to be separated more permanently for the first time. Reporter: How do you feel about that, Emily? Being away from your sister for the first time. It's scary. When I start overthinking it I get scared. Reporter: Emily prefers to knit and stay outside. Caitlin likes sports. I think at school, that's how people would describe us. The girls don't remember being physically conjoined, the only clue is the scar on their chest, but they feel the closeness every day. You seem so close. And I think being conjoined, you can look at a picture and say, they really were close. It's true. The physical aspect is 100% true emotionally. Your family, you're very passionate about your faith and about helping others and sitting down right now it's not about you two, it's about those families who may have faced what it is your family had to face. We're so blessed to have this happen to us. I would say to other families, don't expect the worst. I hope we can help so many people and just be, if anything, something a story to read and smile when everything looks bad. Sisters, spreading their message of hope and love. Boy, they have great smiles. They do. Made us smiled. They talked about their parents, when they were going to have conjoined twins, they went online and everything was just -- their hope, when people Google about conjoined twins, they'll see their story and know that there is hope. Yes, it is difficult. But there are good outcomes like this. Co-valedictorians. Unbelievable. Their little humor. Always gets through those tough times. Coming up next -- what men

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