Mother fighting to keep son on life support after facility rejects transfer
15
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


HIS PICKUP TRUCK CRASHED INTO
THE BACK OF THE BUS. THE BACK OF THE BUS.
NO STUDENTS WERE HURT. NO STUDENTS WERE HURT.
>>Jason: WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING>>Jason: WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING
THE LEGAL BATTLES OF A LOCAL THE LEGAL BATTLES OF A LOCAL
FAMILY AFTER BOBBY REYES WAS FAMILY AFTER BOBBY REYES WAS
DECLARED BRAIN DEAD. DECLARED BRAIN DEAD.
THE FAMILY THOUGHT A LONG-TERM THE FAMILY THOUGHT A LONG-TERM
CARE FACILITY IN PHOENIX WOULD CARE FACILITY IN PHOENIX WOULD
ACCEPT BOBBY AND KEEP HIM ON ACCEPT BOBBY AND KEEP HIM ON
LIFE SUPPORT WITHOUT A LEGAL LIFE SUPPORT WITHOUT A LEGAL
CHALLENGE. CHALLENGE.
BUT AS PAULA TUTMAN TELLS US, BUT AS PAULA TUTMAN TELLS US,
LATE THIS AFTERNOON, THE LATE THIS AFTERNOON, THE
DECISION WAS REVERSED. DECISION WAS REVERSED.
>>Paula: I JUST SPOKE TO>>Paula: I JUST SPOKE TO
BOBBY’S MOTHER, SARA JONES, LATE BOBBY’S MOTHER, SARA JONES, LATE
WORD THAT 14-YEAR-OLD BOBBY WORD THAT 14-YEAR-OLD BOBBY
REYES WILL BE REMOVED FROM LIFE REYES WILL BE REMOVED FROM LIFE
SUPPORT TOMORROW. SUPPORT TOMORROW.
>>TOMORROW AT NOON, THEY WILL>>TOMORROW AT NOON, THEY WILL
PUG THE PLUG ON BOBBY. PUG THE PLUG ON BOBBY.
>>Paula: THERE’S BEEN A GROWING>>Paula: THERE’S BEEN A GROWING
UMBILICAL CORD OF LOVE AND FAITH UMBILICAL CORD OF LOVE AND FAITH
THAT STRETCHED FROM ANN ARBOR TO THAT STRETCHED FROM ANN ARBOR TO
SOUTHWEST DETROIT WHERE A GROUP SOUTHWEST DETROIT WHERE A GROUP
OF WOMEN HAVE POURED HEART AND OF WOMEN HAVE POURED HEART AND
SOUL INTO A BUCKET OF HOPE BEING SOUL INTO A BUCKET OF HOPE BEING
DESPERATELY GRASPED. DESPERATELY GRASPED.
>>THIS IS ON FACEBOOK AND I>>THIS IS ON FACEBOOK AND I
HAVE A 12-YEAR-OLD WITH ASTHMA HAVE A 12-YEAR-OLD WITH ASTHMA
AND HIS IS NOT SEVERE AND IT AND HIS IS NOT SEVERE AND IT
TOUCHED MY HEART. TOUCHED MY HEART.
>>Paula: EACH HAD THEIR OWN>>Paula: EACH HAD THEIR OWN
REASON FOR MAKING IT PERSONAL, REASON FOR MAKING IT PERSONAL,
EVEN THOUGH THEY MET NO ONE IN EVEN THOUGH THEY MET NO ONE IN
THE FAMILY. THE FAMILY.
>>COYOTE HAPPEN TO MY KID, YOUR>>COYOTE HAPPEN TO MY KID, YOUR
KID, HER KID. KID, HER KID.
THERE’S NO REASON WHY IT THERE’S NO REASON WHY IT
HAPPENED TO HIM. HAPPENED TO HIM.
AND THEY MEAD HELP. AND THEY MEAD HELP.
>>THESE WOMEN ARE PEOPLE THAT>>THESE WOMEN ARE PEOPLE THAT
GOT TOUCHED BY BOBBY’S STORY AND GOT TOUCHED BY BOBBY’S STORY AND
EVERYBODY IS COMING TOGETHER AND EVERYBODY IS COMING TOGETHER AND
WILLING TO DO SO MUCH FOR WILLING TO DO SO MUCH FOR
SOMEBODY THEY NEVER MET AND IT SOMEBODY THEY NEVER MET AND IT
MEANS A LOT TO US. MEANS A LOT TO US.
WE APPRECIATE THEM. WE APPRECIATE THEM.
>>Paula: HE WAS DECLARED BRAIN>>Paula: HE WAS DECLARED BRAIN
DEAD 21 DAYS AGO, THE FAMILY WON DEAD 21 DAYS AGO, THE FAMILY WON
A LEGAL BATTLE TO KEEP HIM ON A LEGAL BATTLE TO KEEP HIM ON
LIFE SUPPORT UNTIL THEY COULD LIFE SUPPORT UNTIL THEY COULD
FIND A PLACE TO KEEP HIM ON LIFE FIND A PLACE TO KEEP HIM ON LIFE
SUPPORT WITHOUT CHALLENGE. SUPPORT WITHOUT CHALLENGE.
TODAY, HOPE WAS DASHED IN THE TODAY, HOPE WAS DASHED IN THE
ROLLER COASTER ATTEMPT TO KEEP ROLLER COASTER ATTEMPT TO KEEP
HIM ALIVE WHEN THE HEALTH CARE HIM ALIVE WHEN THE HEALTH CARE
COMPANY OF PHOENIX RESCINDED HIS COMPANY OF PHOENIX RESCINDED HIS
ACCEPTANCE TO A CARE FACILITY. ACCEPTANCE TO A CARE FACILITY.
DID YOUR ATTORNEY SAY THEY CAN DID YOUR ATTORNEY SAY THEY CAN
GET ANOTHER INJUNCTION? GET ANOTHER INJUNCTION?
>>HE SAID HE’LL FIGHT LIKE HELL>>HE SAID HE’LL FIGHT LIKE HELL
AND DO WHAT HE HAS TO DO. AND DO WHAT HE HAS TO DO.
THIS IS NOT FAIR. THIS IS NOT FAIR.
WE WERE SO HAPPY THAT HE FOUND A WE WERE SO HAPPY THAT HE FOUND A
PLACE THAT THE DOCTOR ACCEPTED PLACE THAT THE DOCTOR ACCEPTED
HIM. HIM.
>>Paula: A STATEMENT FROM THE>>Paula: A STATEMENT FROM THE
MOTT COMMUNICATIONS TEAM FROM MOTT COMMUNICATIONS TEAM FROM
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SAID:>>Paula: WE’LL PUT THE ENTIRE>>Paula: WE’LL PUT THE ENTIRE
STATEMENT ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA STATEMENT ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA
PLATFORM.


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