Thursday, August 04, 2005

Happy Birthday Susan Anne Catherine Torres

In February, Jason and Susan Torres, already parents of a two-year-old boy, were elated to learn that Susan was pregnant with their second child. Three months later, Susan, while propped up in bed eating dinner, lost consciousness. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared her brain dead, a victim of melanoma. Although she had no hope of recovery, Jason decided to sustain his wife on life-support on the slim chance that she would survive long enough for their child to be born. He quit his job, carried his wife's voice on his cell phone, and, for three months, slept by her side at the hospital.

On Tuesday, the girl that Susan had hoped for, Susan Anne Catherine Torres, was delivered by Caesarean section. There is no evidence that the melanoma, which had spread through much of the mother's body, has harmed the baby. The next day, Susan was taken off life support. Jason, facing more than $400,000 in medical bills, yet determined not to declare bankruptcy, has gone public with his story in the hope of raising funds to cover the bills and other expenses.

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