Susan Torres [updated 8/3]
I'm sure that by now, most of you have heard about Susan M. Torres:
On May 7th, 2005, the day before Mothers' Day, Susan M. (Rollins) Torres -- a 26-year-old vaccine researcher at NIH; mother of a two-year-old son, Peter; graduate of the University of Dallas; and parishioner at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia collapsed. She was rushed to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she has been diagnosed with stage four melanoma and is brain dead with no hope of recovery. Susan was 17 weeks pregnant at the time and although the doctors have given her no hope of survival, they are fighting to keep her unborn child alive until at least July 11 where he or she will have a viable chance at life.
I dropped a few dollars in their Paypal account to help defray the medical costs. I hope you can do the same.
I've been meaning to post about this for a few days and was just reminded when I discovered that I "know" Susan's brother from hanging out on Fark. If you can give a bit, great. If not, please keep Susan's family in your thoughts.
Updated - August 2, 2005
Susan Torres gave birth to Susan Anne Catherine Torres at 8:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Justin Torres wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
There were no complications during delivery and the baby "is doing well," Torres wrote. The baby weighs one pound 13 ounces and is 13 1/2 inches long, he said.The infant is being monitored in the Neonatal Intensive Care at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, about 100 miles north of Richmond.
Update August 3rd:
Our thoughts are with the Torres family.