What do you think about Susan Torres and her family?
What do you think...
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For those who don't know: She's a pregnant 26-year-old who had advanced aggresive melanoma, which spread to her brain, which caused a massive stroke, which left her brain-dead. The next day her husband was left with the choice of pulling the plug, or keeping her alive for the benfit of the fetus, so it could be carried to term.
From USA Today:
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[Her husband said: ]"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."
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He and Susan had never talked about what to do in such circumstances. But Torres remembered that when Susan was pregnant with Peter, the couple had been offered tests to determine whether the child had Down syndrome or other genetic disorders. Susan, Torres recalls, was offended by the implication that if the child was compromised, she should end her pregnancy. She turned down the test.
That memory, and a nurse's advice to "think of what Susan would want," clarified matters for Torres, he says.
"There's not a glimmer of doubt in my mind that this is what she would have wanted," he says. "Any chance at all to save the baby, and Susan would have said, 'Let's go for it.' "
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Torres says he doesn't understand why his family has been singled out for suffering.
His mother, Karen - "she's way, way Catholic" - has told him "when the innocent suffer, great good is let loose in the world, and souls who wouldn't otherwise have gotten in reach heaven." That's great, Torres says, but these days, his faith requires something more tangible. "I'm like, 'OK, but can I get a list of those souls, in writing?' "
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Sounds reasonable to me...it seems that's what she would have wanted. It's too bad her family will be bankrupted in the process.
<i>Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.</i> -- MLK
**All i can say is that if it were me, i would want them to save the baby, I would be as good as dead anyway, at least they could give my life/death meaning. Its so sad to hear that they need more money to help sustain her and the baby, i am always left feeling incredible lucky for the fact that we don't have the same health care system as most countries. **
Get a taste of Old Time Religion..........lick a witch grin<br />
i also agree
save the baby. I am an advocate for dignified death of a brain dead or vegitative person. BUT, to keep that body alive as a vesil for a baby makes sense to me.
<b>and there was light</b>