Pregnant Mom Whose Conjoined Twins Have 20% Chance of Surviving Moves 1,200 Miles to Save Them

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 14, 2016   |   6:51PM   |   Houston, TX

An Idaho mom made a huge sacrifice for her unborn twins when she learned that they had a condition that most likely would kill them before birth.

Rather than give up, Chelsea Torres, 23, moved 1,400 miles from home to get treatment for her babies at a specialist hospital in Houston, Texas, according to the Daily Mail. Doctors once gave the twins a 20 percent chance of survival, but now they predict that the unborn girls, Callie and Carter, will live.

During her three week pregnancy scan, Torres said doctors told her that her twins were fused together and probably would die. Later tests revealed that the twin girls are conjoined and share a lower stomach and lower pelvic area. The news was a shock to the young mother.

“I had a few doctors that told me I was going to miscarriage every week. They told me they weren’t going to survive,” she said. “It’s hard for all of us, you feel guilty. We thought about aborting them but it was really hard for me to think about.”

Instead, Torres and her husband, Nick, found a specialty hospital in Houston that treats babies with their daughters’ condition. They decided to move 1,400 miles from their home in Idaho to Texas to give their babies the best chance at life.

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The family currently is in Houston, where doctors are monitoring the twins. At Chelsea’s 20-week appointment, an MRI scan indicated that her unborn girls are healthy, according to the report. Chelsea is due on Feb. 21, 2017; but doctors said they expect the babies will have to be born sooner by Cesarean section.

The family has a Go Fund Me campaign set up to help with medical expenses. The family also runs a Facebook page where people can follow their family’s journey.

“They are the ones getting us through this time because we love them already and would do anything for them,” Chelsea told IJR. “I really hope they’ll understand I didn’t do this just to be selfish… I wanted to let them have a life. And if they do become handicapped, I’ll do the best I can as a mom who takes care of them and let them know they are loved.”