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God bless the tiny little baby and her family, who not only are saying "hello" to baby Susan but goodbye to mother Susan. Story:
A brain-dead pregnant woman who has been kept on life support for nearly three months to give her fetus more time to develop gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday, the woman’s brother-in-law said.
There were no complications during delivery and the baby "is doing well," Justin Torres wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. The baby, Susan Anne Catherine Torres, weighs one pound 13 ounces and is 13 1/2 inches long, he said. The infant was delivered via caesarean section, the hospital said.
Susan Torres, a 26-year-old researcher at the National Institutes of Health, lost consciousness from a stroke May 7 after aggressive melanoma spread to her brain. Her husband, Jason Torres, said doctors told him his wife’s brain functions had stopped.
Jason Torres quit his job to be by his wife’s side, and last month her fetus passed the 24th week of development – the earliest point at which doctors felt the baby would have a reasonable chance to survive, the brother-in-law said.
A Web site to help raise money for the family’s mounting medical bills had received about $400,000 in donations from around the world as of two weeks ago, Justin Torres said. The family said it must pay tens of thousands of dollars each week that insurance does not cover.
If you’d like to help the Torres family, please click here. And pray. The power of prayer is so strong.
Hat tip to Charmaine Yoest, who has all the latest.