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BABY TORRES UPDATE–A MILESTONE

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 20, 2005 11:18 PM

Encouraging news: Baby Torres, whose mom, Susan, suffered a stroke at 17 weeks pregnant and remains in a coma, has reached a milestone. AP reports:

A brain-dead pregnant woman on life support has reached the milestone in her pregnancy where doctors believe the baby could realistically survive outside the womb, giving her family renewed hope about the devastating ordeal.

Susan Torres, 26, lost consciousness from a stroke May 7 after aggressive melanoma spread to her brain. Her husband, Jason Torres, said doctors told him his wife’s brain functions had stopped.

Her fetus recently passed the 24th week of development – the earliest point at which doctors felt the baby would have a reasonable chance to survive, her brother-in-law said.

“The situation is pretty stable,” said Justin Torres, who is serving as the family’s spokesman. “Susan, we have said from the beginning, is the toughest person in that ICU room.”

He said the family is “as certain within the limits of sonogram technology” that the baby is a girl. “Cecilia” was one possible name the couple had discussed, Justin Torres said.

More information about the Susan Torres Fund and the remarkable family here.

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