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Formerly conjoined twins in Texas graduate as valedictorians

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Emily and Caitlin Copeland were borned conjoined. (Courtesy: ABC News) Emily and Caitlin Copeland were borned conjoined. (Courtesy: ABC News)
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A set of formerly conjoined twins graduated at the top of their Texas class as valedictorians.

Emily and Caitlin Copeland were born conjoined at the chest, liver and bile ducts, ABC News reported.

Doctors and health officials at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas did everything in their power to make sure the girls, who were the hospital’s first case of conjoined twins, were delivered safely.

Ten months later, Emily and Caitlin were separated. Despite not remembering being conjoined the identical sisters said they believe it made their bond stronger.

"When people talk to us, they're like, 'You just seem so close,'" Emily told ABC News. "And I think being conjoined, you can actually look a picture, like, 'Wow, they really were close.' But, it's true. The physical aspect of it is 100 percent true emotionally."

Emily is set to attend the University of Houston in the fall where she plans to major in hotel management, while sister Caitlin is headed to Concordia University Texas in Austin where she will study education.

"It's the first time we're going to be separated permanently," said Caitlin. "And so [we’re] kind of freaking out a little bit."

"It's scary," Emily added. "If I start over-thinking it, I get really, really sad."

The sisters, alongside their family, said they want to help other families who may be expecting conjoined twins.

“We want to use this blessing to be a blessing to others. I hope we can help so many people and just be, if anything, a story to read and smile about when everything looks bad,” Emily said.

*ABC News contributed to this report.

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