Mother of Conjoined Twins to Give Birth in Colorado

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Army Reserves captain pregnant with conjoined twins but only 1 can survive.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – An expectant mother awaiting the arrival of conjoined twins in Colorado says she wants to see her two girls before they are separated because doctors expect only one of them will survive. Amber McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to have a C-section Wednesday to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Army Reserves captain and attorney serving victims of domestic violence from Hastings, Minn., is a divorced single mother to a 6-year-old boy, Tristan.

Olivia has a malformed heart and couldn’t survive with or without surgery but doctors hope to save Hannah. “If we kept them together for any real period of time at all, the result would be death for both,” said McCullough, who will be 32 weeks pregnant when she is induced. After they’re delivered, the girls will be intubated immediately, at which point McCullough said she will be able to see them, briefly, then doctors will start the eight- to 12-hour separation surgery. “If I had my way, I’d keep them together if they both could live,” McCullough told USA Today. “But it’s not possible. If they stay together, they’ll both pass.” Olivia is not expected to survive because she only has a single ventricle and is missing valves; she also only has one leg and a congenital brain malformation.

According to USA Today, conjoined twins occur once in every 200,000 births with 40 to 60 percent being stillborn and 35 percent surviving a single day. The babies would likely fail rapidly after delivery so their best hope or Hannah’s best hope would likely be for starting that separation procedure while still attached to the placenta.” McCullough has used a GoFundMe page to update followers on her pregnancy and while she has received criticism for her decision to move forward, pointed to the commitment she learned in her Army career. “I will never quit.

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