Thursday, August 04, 2005

Susan Torres, RIP

(The following statement was delivered by Justin Torres, brother of Jason, at the press conference yesterday.)

"As you know, at 8:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Susan Anne Catherine Torres was delivered by caesarean section at Virginia Hospital Center. This morning, she continues to do well in the NICU unit here at the hospital.

"Earlier this morning, after a brief goodbye with her husband, parents, and other family members, and after receiving the last sacraments of the Catholic Church, Susan Michelle Rollin Torres passed away after the machines which sustained her life for the past 12 weeks were turned off at my brother’s request. She was 26 years old.

"This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family. We are overjoyed at the birth of Baby Susan and deeply grieved at the loss of her mother. From the beginning, we knew that two things would get us through to the baby’s birth: God’s providence and Susan’s determination. Susan was always the toughest person in that ICU room. Her passing is a testament to the truth that human life is a gift from God and that children are always to be fought for, even if life requires—as it did of Susan—the last full measure of devotion.

"We have many people to thank, starting with the doctors, staff, and most especially the nurses at Virginia Hospital Center. You have been innovative, flexible, and determined on our behalf, and walked every step of this journey with us. We are deeply grateful.

"We also must thank the many friends and family members who gave us their time, energy, and shoulders to lean on over the past 12 weeks. Our debt to you is lifelong.

"Finally, on behalf of my brother I wish to thank the many thousands of people who have taken this story to heart, donated to the Susan M. Torres Fund, and most especially, sent us their prayers and best wishes. This family has literally been lifted up in prayer, and I can never express adequately our gratitude for the prayers and support we have received from people all over the globe. We could not have made it through this ordeal without you, and on behalf of my brother, my family, and the Rollin family, I wish to thank you and ask your continued prayers for the newest member of our family."

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1 comment:

Jack said...

Perspective. That's what this story has given me. I understand it's not important to be first in line; to have the biggest diamond; to have the most beautiful voice. Rather, to be healthy, to be loved, to exist is the true essence of life.

Sometimes it takes the birth of a child weighing no more than about three bananas to make one realize that it's life, the gift from the creator, that's the most precious gift of all.

R.I.P., Ms. Torres. And, by the way, perhaps you could say hello to my beloved family members, good friends and all the faithful departed for me? I'll be there myself one day, but if you could let everyone know I love them, miss them and we'll be having one heck of a party up there when I arrive I'd really appreciate it.

As my dear Mom who passeed away a year ago this month used to say, good-bye, but just for now...