ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WWJ) -- A Monroe County teen is fighting for his life and his family is fighting for more time with him.
Bobby Reyes, 14, has been on life support at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan for more than a week after suffering a massive asthma attack that left him brain dead and unable to function. Doctors wanted to turn off the machines that are keeping him alive, but his family hired a legal team to stop that action.
A judge ruled Monday that the hopsital could not take him off life support, and now his family is searching for a hospital that will take him in.
"We’re scared for him being here. We want him out of here as soon as possible, but we have to find some place that will take him and we know there’s hospitals around the country that will," his mother, Sarah Jones, told WWJ on Wednesday.
Reyes is from Ash Township, roughly 40 miles southeast of Ann Arbor, and was declared brain dead last week.
"It’s God’s will if my son goes while he’s on the machine, I’ll accept it. But I’ll never accept withdrawing care or unplugging a machine, when he can be here," Jones said. "His heart’s still beating. As long as his heart’s still beating, I’m going to fight for him until my last breath. Because it’s not up to them."
A Facebook group titled "Save Bobby" has been created in support of the family's fight. Jones says they have asked the community for help and received countless suggestions.
"Everything’s been turned down that we’ve offered. We asked for vitamin C because everyone’s reaching out to us and telling us what we should try and they’re not open to trying to get him better," she said.
Family members have posted updates in the group daily, asking for members for help in the form of medical recommendations and prayers.