When her identical twin sister injured her knee after stumbling down some stairs at the Tower of London, half way across the world, Angela King endured a wave of excruciating pain in the same leg at the exact moment.
It’s just one of the several incredible and uncanny connections for Angela and her sister Elena Gatt who have spent most of their life sharing illnesses and physical sensations.
But the 59-year-old siblings, from Victoria, are used to tackling each other’s sufferings and believe the bond is a special aspect of their unique relationship.
‘We don’t mind it,’ Angela told Daily Mail Australia.
Identical twins Angela King (left) and Elena Gatt (right) have spent most of their life sharing each other's pain
The siblings aged seven - just one year before Angela (right) had her tonsils removed while Elena (left) was suffering a sore throat at their grandma's home, located 300 kilometres away
‘When my knee started hurting, I knew El was in trouble when she was travelling in London so I called her immediately because it was the only explanation for my pain.
‘I've been coping with the pain since but she'll be getting her knee surgery soon so I know that pain will go away when it happens.
‘But it’s made our bond stronger and there’s never been a day where we’ve had an argument over each other’s pain.
'We can never get angry because our pain gets reversed so one day I'm suffering her pain and the next she's coping with mine.'
The inseparable twins: Elena (left) with her sister Angela (right) pictured at the age of 15 months
At the tender age of eight, Angela had her tonsils taken out while her sister, who was unaware of the operation, stayed at her grandmother’s home almost 300 kilometres away.
‘Elena screamed at the exact moment they were removed,’ Angela said.
‘Grandma called mum and said there was something wrong with El because she was in a lot of pain.
‘Meanwhile, I didn’t feel a thing and was happy as Larry eating ice cream in bed recovering at the hospital while El struggled to eat.
‘Everyone was shocked and couldn’t believe what was happening. The doctors said I shouldn’t have been well and El took several days to recover from a sore throat.’
Twins with their mother Dorothy in February 1981. Elena (right) and Angela (left) pictured at the age of 25
Angela (left), who suffered Elena's morning sickness when she fell pregnant, pictured on her sister (right) with her husband Charles on their wedding day
When Elena fell pregnant, Angela began feeling waves of intense nausea when she turned up to work.
‘I remember my boss giving me weird looks when I’d come out of the bathroom. I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time so I knew I wasn’t pregnant.’ Angela laughed.
'I was getting morning sickness and my twin didn't mention anything about being pregnant. I finally told El to do a test and sure enough, she was pregnant.’
Despite their lifetime of sufferings and pains, the sisters have shared the common twin bonds such as wearing the same clothes and having a sense of what the other is thinking or feeling.
‘We would turn up wearing the same clothes and shoes - not knowing what the other is wearing,’ Angela told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We used to swap offices at work and have a giggle about it if one of us bumped into the bosses on the way out. They didn’t know we were twins so they would get confused.
‘There was another time when we went to a kitchen tea and had to do a questionnaire about the bride - we sat opposite to each other and we didn't know anything about her.
'We both made it up and when it came time to sharing, all our answers were the same.’
The pair are proud advocates of the Australian Twin Registry where they voluntarily help with medical studies
The siblings are used to tackling each other’s pain and believe it's a special aspect of their unique relationship
The sisters, who are proud advocates of the Australian Twin Registry where they voluntarily help with medical and scientific studies, hope to find an answer to their phenomenon one day.
‘We love helping ATR and the wonderful research they do,’ Angela said.
‘Doctors have told us it has something to do with our brain waves but no one can explain why it happens.
‘But more research needs to be done on us and we encourage others – identical and non-identical twins to join us at the organisation.’
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