A ‘Vigorous’ Beginning for N.Va. Preemie
Girl Doing Well After Birth By Brain-Dead Woman

Susan Anne Catherine Torres, whose mother, Susan Torres, was declared brain-dead but kept on life support for three months so her child might live, continued to do well yesterday at an Arlington hospital a day after her mother died.

The baby, 13.5 inches long and weighing 1 pound 13 ounces, was born by Caesarean section at Virginia Hospital Center on Tuesday, about 13 weeks premature.

[Good God, a 1 pound baby – you go Susan Anne, sweetie, hang in there!]

Susan Torres, of Arlington, lost consciousness May 7 when a cancerous brain tumor began to bleed. A few days later, she was declared brain-dead with no hope of recovery.

Jason Torres, the baby’s father, who slept at his wife’s side for three months, decided to make their story public in the hopes of raising money to help pay staggering medical bills. The family posts updates from time to time on a Web site, http://susantorresfund.org .