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Baby Susan Torres Removed From Ventilator, Eating on Her Own
Life News ^ | August 8, 2005 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/09/2005 12:22:15 AM PDT by beaversmom

Arlington, VA (LifeNews.com) -- Baby Susan Torres is doing well following her internationally followed birth last week months after her mother's collapse. The Torres family released a statement Monday saying Susan no longer requires artificial help to breath and is being fed without medical assistance.

"Little Susan is doing extremely well," the statement read. "She has been removed from the ventilator and is being fed formula from an eyedropper."

"She is strong and alert, and is doing better than any of us could have hoped," the family added.

Doctors at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington said the prognosis is very good following baby Susan's birth two days ago. She was born two months premature and weighed less than two pounds.

Dr. Donna Tilden-Archer, director of neonatology at the hospital, said Susan is "doing remarkably well."

"She's a beautiful baby," Tilden-Archer told CBS News. "I checked in on her this morning and she's breathing on her own. And she's only requiring a very small amount of oxygen. She was sleeping on her tummy very peacefully, doing quite well."

Susan Torres, a 26 year-old researcher at the National Institutes of Health, suffered a stroke in May after a melanoma cancer spread to her brain. Her husband, Jason, and her parents agreed to allow Susan to remain alive on a respirator until baby Susan was born rather than letting the baby die.

There is no way of knowing if baby Susan will develop the melanoma and babies in similar conditions with an afflicted mother develop the cancerous condition less than 25 percent of the time.

Justin Torres, Susan Torres’ brother-in-law, said that, years from now, he will tell his niece about the courage her mother displayed.

“I’m going to tell her her mother was one of the toughest women I've ever met, that she was absolutely determined in what she did. ... And that, ‘You cannot believe how many people fought for you,'” he said.

The Torres family has mounting medical bills for both mother and child that insurance will not completely cover. A web site has been established to raise funds to help.

The web site has raised more than $600,000 thus far and extra money raised will be used for a college fund for baby Susan or given to cancer research.

Related web sites: Susan Torres Fund -- http://www.susantorresfund.org


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: preemies; susantorres

1 posted on 08/09/2005 12:22:15 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Brad's Gramma; TXBubba

ping


2 posted on 08/09/2005 12:23:10 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; Texas Termite; LaDivaLoca; wingnuts'nbolts; manna; Okies love Dubya 2; Fawnn; ...
"She is strong and alert, and is doing better than any of us could have hoped," the family added.

Baby Susan Torres GREAT NEWS ping!

3 posted on 08/09/2005 12:47:32 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Lord, we need a Logan miracle for Simcha7 and Cowboy. Please.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

God is good - Father, teach us to recognize your hand in the miraculous and the mundane. Here in the miraculous, we praise you; tomorrow, in the mundane, let us also see your face and remember that You are the God who brings life from death.

I praise You, and thank You for this child, and for all children. In Jesus name...


4 posted on 08/09/2005 1:20:30 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: Brad's Gramma

Thank You God for yet another miracle.

"TT", Beth & Nana


5 posted on 08/09/2005 3:20:27 AM PDT by Texas Termite (Please pray for Texas Cowboy & Simcha7)
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To: dandelion

Amen! God shows Himself in so many ways if we are only willing to open our eyes and see!


6 posted on 08/09/2005 4:40:45 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Brad's Gramma

Thank You, Lord, for answered prayer.


7 posted on 08/09/2005 4:47:12 AM PDT by Texagirl4W ("I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!")
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To: beaversmom

What great news.


8 posted on 08/09/2005 5:02:04 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: beaversmom

Praise God!


9 posted on 08/09/2005 6:19:46 AM PDT by Pippin ( This complicates things a bit!)
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To: beaversmom

Wonderful news. May God's blessings be upon this baby for a healthy life.


10 posted on 08/09/2005 6:32:03 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Brad's Gramma
PRAISE GOD!!! Thank you for the update! Prayers continue...
11 posted on 08/09/2005 6:54:54 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Brad's Gramma

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


amen!


12 posted on 08/09/2005 8:07:58 AM PDT by sfimom ('Mommy why did they kill her cause she couldn't talk?' (my daughter age8))
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To: beaversmom
To You, O God, be the Glory, for great things You have done. Raise up this child to reflect the sanctity of life, that those who behold her might desire to know the Author of Life. In the Name of Jesus, may it be thus, O Lord, may it be thus. Amen ...
13 posted on 08/09/2005 8:40:11 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Brad's Gramma; beaversmom

God is so awesome!


14 posted on 08/09/2005 9:34:11 AM PDT by Humidston (No Racial Profiles = Proof liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Her mother must be very proud of her. I hope she grows up to be the strong, unselfish woman her mother was. Keep going baby...fight hard. You're doin' fine.


15 posted on 08/09/2005 6:48:43 PM PDT by cubreporter
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How bittersweet for her mom....I can't even begin to imagine.


16 posted on 08/09/2005 6:51:15 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Lord, we need a Logan miracle for Simcha7 and Cowboy. Please.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

I know. Brings tears to one's eyes just thinking about how awful it is. :(


17 posted on 08/09/2005 6:59:46 PM PDT by cubreporter
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