AURORA, Colo. -- In a risky surgery, a Minnesota mother delivered birth to her conjoined twins last week at Children's Hospital in Aurora.
The single mother, Amber McCullough, a former captain in the Army Reserves, used a GoFund Me page as her only means of support.
Last week her fund was just more than $17,500 but it has since gone up to $31,000. The day before the birth, McCullough asked for prayers for the baby who survived. McCullough gave birth during a five-hour surgery.
The babies were attached at the chest, stomach and hip. Doctors knew Hannah's sister, Olivia, would not survive because she had a malformed heart. Hannah, the surviving baby, remains in critical condition.
McCullough wrote an update on her GoFund Me page.
"The last week has been enormously painful, terrifying, and all the while filled with love.
"Hannah continues to be critical but stable. She lost her whole blood volume three times over during the surgery. The doctors were able to replace it very quickly and I remain confident in their talent as medical professionals and the power of prayer."
McCullough said she was also able to spend what she called “cherished time” with baby Olivia.
Nurses said they can see the response in Hannah's vitals whenever her mom talks to her. McCullough thanked supporters and is hopeful for the future.
"I’ll keep you posted as time goes on and as Hannah’s recovery progresses. Thank you again for all your support and prayer and please keep those prayers coming constantly. My daughters are amazing beautiful people. Please help Hannah fight for her life with prayer."