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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Someone Who Needs Help

From Steal the Bandwagon, a story of someone who needs help. Jason Torres watched his pregnant wife collapse, resuscitated her, and was told that she was brain dead from cancer. They hadn't even known she was ill. He is trying to keep her going long enough to give the child a chance. Jody writes:
Jason has quit his job to be with her at the hospital and the bills are mounting, a fund has been set up if you feel that you can help: http://www.susantorresfund.org/
A USA Today article is here. His insurance probably won't cover half of it:
Against long odds, the baby Susan was carrying when she was stricken appears to be thriving after nearly 21 weeks of gestation, Torres says. If she can stay alive another month, and the cancer stays away from her uterus, the baby could be delivered and have a chance of surviving, he says. The couple has a 2-year-old son, Peter.

“I hate seeing her on those darned machines,” Torres says, “and I hate using her as a husk, a carrying case, because she herself is worth so much more. But Susan really wanted this baby. And she's a very — how should I put this? — a willful lady. That's probably why she's made it this far.”
Jason and Susan Torres have a two year old son named Peter as well. This has worked before, although there's no telling if it will work this time. The baby might be all Peter ever gets to see of his mother.


Comments:
Humbling. In one way or another, "There but for the Grace of God, go I."
 
Yup. This is the type of thing that can happen to anyone at any time.
 
It's beautiful that you've posted this, MoM. I hope it helps. I've linked to you.
 
This is so sad. I'll put a link on my page.
 
Rachel Ann and Esther, thanks for spreading the news. You guys are winners!
 
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