NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, September 7, 2015, 1:41 PM
Amber McCullough posted the first photos of her daughter Hannah, who survived complicated separation surgery from her conjoined twin, Olivia.
Olivia, who was not expected to survive because of her heart problems, died during the August operation.
Mom Amber McCullough thanked her supporters as her fundraising page met its $ 30,000 goal.
The Minnesota woman who gave birth to conjoined twins last month posted the first pictures of the baby who survived the complicated separation procedure.
Amber McCullough delivered the twin girls, Hannah and Olivia, by cesarean section at a Colorado hospital on Aug. 26. The girls immediately underwent separation surgery due to the severity of their heart condition.
Olivia, who was not expected to survive because of her heart problems, died. Hannah survived the operation.
On her Facebook, McCullough shared photos of Hannah, who is still recovering at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, while mom lives at the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora.
“She’s my baby girl. I’ve lost one daughter. I can’t lose another,” she wrote on a Thursday photo of the sleeping baby.
In a Saturday update, the mom reported that Hannah is “is recovering well,” and wrote that “All the doctors here are the best I could have ever asked for.”
“Any chance is a good chance here,” she wrote.
A fundraising page set up to help pay for mom and baby’s medical expenses surpassed its $ 30,000 goal as of Monday morning.
“I have hope because of all of you,” the mom wrote in a page update thanking her supporters. “I am comforted by this feeling that somehow everything is going to be okay.”
McCullough said she spent eight years in the U.S. Army, then went to law school and is now an attorney. She has a 6-year-old son named Tristan from a previous relationship that ended in divorce. She said her son is moving to Denver to be with her soon.
She became pregnant with her girls during another relationship, and it wasn’t until her second trimester when she learned she was carrying conjoined twins. The relationship with the girls’ dad ended shortly thereafter.
McCullough has lived at the Ronald McDonald House since early August. Her stepmother is there, keeping her company and caring for her.
Conjoined twins happen once every 200,000 live births, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, which says between 40 to 60 percent arrive stillborn.
With News Wire Services