Mother of conjoined twins says surviving baby in critical condition

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Amber McCullough gave birth to conjoined twins on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

AURORA, Colo. — Amber McCullough, who gave birth to conjoined twins at Children’s Hospital of Colorado on Wednesday, said Thursday morning the surviving baby is in critical condition.

The babies, Hannah and Olivia, were attached at the chest, stomach and hip. McCullough, from Hastings, Minn., said Olivia died during the surgery, which was expected because she had a malformed heart and couldn’t survive without surgery.

Doctors were hoping to save Hannah and McCullough said she remains very critical.

“I believe in the power of prayer and the talent of the medical professionals here,” she said in an email. “Please appeal to the public for prayer over her over this next week.”

McCullough was 32 weeks pregnant when she was induced.

The 31-year-old attorney and former captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, McCullough said she was originally told by doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that she should terminate the pregnancy for her own health and that neither of twin daughters would likely survive.

McCullough, who has a 6-year old son, sought multiple second opinions and found a team at Children’s Hospital in Aurora willing to perform a separation surgery.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help McCullough with her financial needs.

McCullough is expected to remain in the hospital until at least Sunday.