Beating the Odds with Callie/Carter

$10,000 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 18 months
My name is Chelsea and I am pregnant with conjoined twins named Callie and Carter. They are conjoined at the lower stomach and pelvic area. We had found on June 17th 2016 I was pregnant, a few days before my sons third birthday. We had an ultrasound at 5 weeks due to cramping and the doctor told me I was miscarrying. I left in tears and was completely torn, they watched my blood levels for 6 days. I got a call on the sixth day saying my blood levels were going up but we're low, they also told me my pregnancy was close to my cervix and wouldn't last. I waited for a miscarriage. Once 8 weeks hit we had an ultrasound at a different clinic and I seen the heart beat. I cried in excitement and told the tech I was crying because I was happy. I didn't watch the rest of the screen because I knew it would be measurement and I talked with my husband because I knew the baby was just a little blob still. The tech didn't say much, she left and the doctor came in. "Are you bleeding or cramping?" I answered no, I knew something was wrong.. "well your kids are stuck together", I wish I could tell you where my mind went, It was a blur after that.. The little information I retained was "you will miscarry soon". I went to a MFM in Boise two weeks after that basing it off a scare with mono mono twins. The MFM tech started the ultrasound and there they were, together. I waited for the doctor to come in before I worried myself more. He comes in and looks at the screen, talking to the tech "there's the bind" and I knew the "bind" wasn't something small. They gave me pamphlets, gave me options, and also gave me a chance to talk to a surgeon who was from Texas. We came back the following day to talk to the surgeon, he gave us about a 20-30% chance and the doctors gave us the option to terminate. If the babies did make it (which the surgeon was optimistic about it) we would go to Texas around 20 weeks for testing. There was no way I could terminate, the thought of termination for the three days after the appointment would bring me to tears. I cried about every hour those three days after the MFM appointment.

My husband is 22 and I am 23 years old. We have a three year old named Jaysin. After we found out about the babies, we knew that we would have to move from a place my husband, son, and I called home for 2.5 wonderful years, back to East Idaho to save money for the move to Houston. This is the only place my son has ever known and he's taking it hard moving from home. I put my career of a Veterinary Technician on hold, I was currently enrolled in a summer externship and applying for graduation when I found out about the pregnancy and the twins.

We are currently in Eastern Idaho and for our twins to have a fighting chance, we are needing to go to Houston for testing and delivery. We have Idaho insurance and as some of the amount is paid for, but a big percentage isn't covered for out of state care. The testing would consider an echocardiogram, MRI, and extensive ultrasound. From what the doctors have told us is there is two hearts, stomachs, and spines. From the ultrasound at the Boise MFM, we were told there was two pelvises, but with the recent ultrasound (14 weeks from MFM in SLC), we were told the pelvises might be fused or there is just one. We would need to go to Houston for better imaging and getting the correct answers we need with an experienced hospital. My husband and I are in our early 20's and don't have a lifetime of savings. Before the pregnancy, my husband was working part time as I was taking 16 credit hours in college while we switched off taking care of our 3 year old son. Due to the nature of events that keep happening (subchorionic hemorrhages and needing a stress free pregnancy) and the doctors visits, I am once again not able to be employed. To keep up with Callie and Carter's journey, we have a facebook page which we update after every appointment called "Beating the odds with Callie and Carter". Thank you for becoming apart of our journey.
+ Read More
The girls will be a year old on the 30th! How time flies!
+ Read More
I know it’s been a long time since I have updated the GoFundMe! The girls are doing good! We’re working on getting them a walker made in Utah. They are now 8 months old and full of energy and personalities! Thanks for keeping up with Callie and Carter.
So excited to be eight months!
+ Read More
5 month pretty girls!
+ Read More
The girls our now four months old! They laugh, smile, and try to talk. I am currently sewing their clothing as well. Soon I will be starting another fundraiser so that way we can get some extra funds to afford a custom walker.
Callie and Carter
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$10,000 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 18 months
Created August 22, 2016
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
LQ
$50
Laurie Quattlebaum
1 month ago

They are beautiful! Happy birthday(s)!!!!!!

$350
Anonymous
1 month ago
2
2
$358
Anonymous
3 months ago
$10
Anonymous
3 months ago
$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.