She's So Beautiful: Susan Anne Catherine Torres
They are a reward from Him.
Susan Anne Catherine Torres
Isn’t she beautiful? Truly, beauty from ashes. . .
She’s got a fight ahead of her — the hospital says she’ll be in the NICU for the next three months until her original due date — but the Washington Post is reporting that wee little Susan Anne is “vigorous” and doing well!
There is a vignette from this story that will endure for me — it is Jason’s description of his last conversation with Susan before she collapsed. That evening, Jason had taken Susan to the emergency room because she didn’t feel well. After she was discharged and sent home, Jason propped Susan up in bed and she said she was hungry. So he fixed her a steak and cheese sandwich.
When Jason brought the sandwich to Susan she said, “I’m sorry I’m so much trouble.”
And he replied: “No problem, this is what husbands do.”
Then, she slumped over and stopped breathing.
This is what husbands do. We reflexively describe this as “love.” But it is more than that.
It is Duty and Honor. Making Susan the sandwich was Jason honoring his wife. Duty was what Jason did when Susan “died,” as he sat a lonely vigil by her bedside for three long months in the hospital, fighting for the life of their unborn daughter. . .
The end of the story, Susan’s death, is not what we would wish. But that one moment between the two of them — one of them making a sandwich; the other receiving the gift with gracious humility — speaks volumes of the giving and receiving that undergirds a loving marriage. One moment . . . simple, ordinary, yet beautiful.
The spirit of our age is one of a tally sheet, who did what for whom how many times. In their love story, caring for one another, Jason and Susan demonstrated a better way.
Obviously Susan Anne’s care will be expensive, so if you are able, please stop by the Torres web site and contribute.
But more importantly, this is a baby who was carried through the power of love, and sustained and delivered by the power of prayer. . . let us all remember Jason Torres in the difficult days ahead, after the publicity dies down and he works to raise two children without their mother.
After the jump, the statement Justin (Jason’s brother) read at the press conference on Wednesday:
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.