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News: August 02, 2005
Susan Torres Gives Birth
Susan Torres, who has been on life support since May 7, gave birth to a baby girl today. (Note: the Torres Family has released a statement (click here).)
Despite being born 1
Susan lost consciousness from a stroke after aggressive melanoma spread to her brain. Her husband, Jason Torres, said doctors told him his wife's brain functions had stopped.
Related Site: Susan Torres Fund
Update: Doctors had hoped to hold off on delivering the child until 32 weeks' gestation. News reports do not indicate why the baby was delivered at 26 weeks although it seems likely that Susan's cancer had progressed and the child was at risk.
On July 18 Justin told the USA Today, "It’s week-to-week, or more accurately, day-to-day right now. Her cancer clearly is progressing, but she seems to be fighting all that much harder to give the baby a chance."
There are few individuals whom I respect more than Jason Torres. As a husband he faced incredible challenges that required significant personal sacrifice. Yet, he did what needed to be done to preserve the life of his daughter, Susan Anne Catherine Torres.
Tom at Truth and Action comments, "We are both happy that Susan Anne Catherine Torres has arrived, and saddened that her mother isn’t able to hold her. Pray for that family and visit the Susan M. Torres Fund and contribute what you can."
A brain dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, her family said.Although original news reports indicated that Susan was 26 weeks along when her child was born LifeNews reports that number is 27 weeks. In addition, the article states a potential danger to the baby:
Doctors are concerned that the metastatic melanoma may have crossed the placenta and affected baby Susan.
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