August 05, 2005

Meet Susan Anne Catherine Torres


MSN is reporting that Jason and Susan Torres' baby is very active and there are no signs that the cancer spread to her. A video of the report with Jason's brother speaking regarding the family's state right now is available here.

The latest update I received from the Susan Torres mail listing is quoted below:

The following statement was delivered by Justin Torres, brother of Jason, at the press conference yesterday.

As you know, at 8:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Susan Anne Catherine Torres was
delivered by caesarean section at Virginia Hospital Center. This morning,
she continues to do well in the NICU unit here at the hospital.

Earlier this morning, after a brief goodbye with her husband, parents, and other family members, and after receiving the last sacraments of the Catholic Church, Susan Michelle Rollin Torres passed away after the machines which sustained her life for the past 12 weeks were turned off at my brother's request. She was 26 years old.

This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family. We are overjoyed at the birth of Baby Susan and deeply grieved at the loss of her mother. From the beginning, we knew that two things would get us through to the baby's birth: God’s providence and Susan’s determination. Susan was always the toughest person in that ICU room. Her passing is a testament to the truth
that human life is a gift from God and that children are always to be fought for, even if life requires, as it did of Susan the last full measure of devotion.

We have many people to thank, starting with the doctors, staff, and most especially the nurses at Virginia Hospital Center. You have been innovative, flexible, and determined on our behalf, and walked every step of this journey with us. We are deeply grateful.

We also must thank the many friends and family members who gave us their
time, energy, and shoulders to lean on over the past 12 weeks. Our debt to
you is lifelong.

Finally, on behalf of my brother I wish to thank the many thousands of people who have taken this story to heart, donated to the Susan M. Torres Fund, and most especially, sent us their prayers and best wishes. This family has literally been lifted up in prayer, and I can never express adequately our gratitude for the prayers and support we have received from people all over the globe. We could not have made it through this ordeal without you, and on behalf of my brother, my family, and the Rollin family, I wish to thank you and ask your continued prayers for the newest member of our family.

Posted by Jody at August 5, 2005 12:49 AM | TrackBack

May she grow healthy and strong, and bring joy to her family. My condolences to her father on and her on her mother's loss. Her mother's love is inside her though. Such an overwhelming course of events.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at August 5, 2005 07:21 AM

Beautiful thoughts Rachel, thanks for commenting!

Posted by: Jody at August 5, 2005 11:18 AM

it died. where is your god now?

Posted by: at September 12, 2005 02:51 PM

The last poster is a complete and utter idiot.
Please ignore fools like this and know that we are terribly saddened by your loss. We will pray for your brave family through these sad times. May God comfort you all.

Posted by: Dave at September 12, 2005 03:18 PM

I am deeply saddened about the loss of baby Susan. Please know you are not alone in your grief.

Posted by: Kelli at September 12, 2005 03:39 PM

I saw this news moments ago at I am at work and I can't describe the sad emotions that I feel. I followed the story throughout the pregnancy and thought that it was simply amazing and courageous of baby Susan's family to sacrifice so much to give her life. Although she was only with us for a short time, her story has taught and inspired many for a lifetime!

Posted by: Courtney at September 12, 2005 04:49 PM

I just wanted to tell you how very sad I was to hear that you lost both your girls. It brought tears to my eyes when I read that. I am so sorry.

Posted by: Jennifer from NC at September 12, 2005 04:50 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was deeply sorry to hear about your loss and please know that you are not alone, the whole world is suffering with you!

Posted by: Krissy Bruce at September 12, 2005 04:55 PM

My heart broke at hearing of the passing of this precious child. As her mother's own life had done, this baby's life has left her imprint forever on the hearts of so many. Prayers and comfort to all of you.

Posted by: Darice at September 12, 2005 05:33 PM

May the peace of God be with the family. Physical death is always painful, and difficult to understand with situations such as these. Mom and child are beautifully reunited, all part of God's perfect plan. Although we never can understand it, we certainly with our faith know that He has a greater plan. And NO God is never dead, only our faith. Pray feverantly that this gift bestows back to you. Love in Christ to you all.

Posted by: Sandra at September 12, 2005 09:22 PM

Please forgive the comment of my response of God not being dead, it is solely intended for the ones that post without thought, as a previous poster.

Posted by: at September 12, 2005 09:26 PM

It died. where is your god now?... Well...

God made it possible that the baby was born and showed the world that babies can be born even if the mom was in a coma. :)

We may never know why the baby died, but the baby is in a better place now without pain. I think that is an awesome miracle God performed to have the baby born alive.

Posted by: Diane at September 13, 2005 12:03 AM
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