A set of conjoined twins was due to be delivered to an expectant mother at the Colorado Fetal Care Center Wednesday. While no news of the surgery is yet to hand, the mother was told that only one of her babies is likely to survive.
Amber McCullough of Hastings, Minnesota was set to have a Cesarean section operation on Wednesday at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado to deliver her conjoined twins. Of the two little girls, only one is likely to survive, but McCullough is hopeful that one of them can be saved.
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The twin girls, named Hannah and Olivia have separate hearts and kidneys. However, they share a liver, abdomen and intestinal tract, making for a tricky operation. According to McCullough, it is Olivia that is not expected to survive as she has only a single ventricle in her heart and is missing valves.
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McCullough told KUSA-TV, she hopes that one of her daughters will have a chance at life.
“I just can’t lose both.”
“There’s a chance of saving one.”
The hopeful mother says she wants to see both daughters after their birth, even if it is only for a brief moment.
“I will get to see my girls very briefly after the delivery.”
“They will need to be intubated right away, but the doctors will hold them up real quick and I’ll get a peek.”
According to doctors, it could take up to 12 hours to deliver and then separate the conjoined twins.
According to McCullough, if she had her way, she would keep the girls joined together if they could both live, but apparently this is not possible and they would both pass away if they remain conjoined.
“I wish it were. If they stay together, they’ll both pass.”
McCullough already has a six-year-old son named Tristan, and the father is not on hand. She set up a gofundme page to attempt to cover her medical and other costs. She said she had received a lot of pressure to abort the conjoined twins but that she refuses to give up on her girls.
“I have not and refuse to give up on my girls. I have been in a postion [sic] where I have had much pressure to abort at times and I refuse. Instead, I choose to embrace their life while they are here and fight like crazy to do all I can for my daughters.”
As reported in CBS News, conjoined twins develop when one fertilized egg starts to separate into identical twins soon after fertilization. However, the separation does not complete, meaning that the pair are conjoined. Their chances for survival after birth and separation are rare.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center conjoined twins only occur once every 200,000 live births, and reportedly between 40 to 60 percent of the twins arrive stillborn.
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