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U of Michigan hospital trying to yank life support from 14-year-old boy against parents’ wishes

After a bad asthma attack, doctors at the hospital diagnosed Bobby Reyes as being 'brain dead' and within a week of that diagnosis informed his family that his ventilator would be removed, which would bring an end to his life.
Mon Oct 14, 2019 - 2:18 pm EST
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ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The family of a 14-year-old boy is desperately appealing for more time for their son after a hospital declared him “brain dead” and planned to remove his ventilator.

Bobby Reyes, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan, suffered a cardiac arrest on September 21 after experiencing an asthma attack and was airlifted to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Doctors at the hospital diagnosed Bobby as being “brain dead” and within a week of that diagnosis informed his family that his ventilator would be removed, which would bring an end to his life.

But the family points out that the hospital has admitted that there has been improvement in Bobby’s condition and that it is only possible for a living person to get better.

Bobby’s family is requesting that the hospital give him more time while they try to find another hospital that will receive him and give him ongoing care.

Last week they believed that Bobby could be transferred to and receive care in Phoenix, Arizona, with Allegiant Healthcare. But after initially agreeing to receive him, on Thursday the facility said they could not take Bobby. Allegiant claimed that they changed their decision because Bobby’s mother wanted “ongoing care,” while they were only prepared to offer him “palliation.”

The family will be in court on Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. to try to be granted more time to arrange a transfer for Bobby.

Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, will be in court with the family. A press release on his website said that “the Reyes case is representative of a very deep problem within the US healthcare system – particularly those issues surrounding the rush to end the life of patients within the confines of hospital corporations, which have a vested financial interest in discontinuing life.” 

“Bobby’s parents, not wanting to make the decision to end their son’s life so quickly, are simply asking for more time, and doctors are duty-bound to provide all potentially efficacious treatments that might help with the patient’s recovery,” said Schindler.

Contact information for respectful communications:

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Hospital operator: 734-936-4000
Comment line: 877-285-7788
Patient concerns line: 734-936-4330
Public relations: 734-764-2220
Volunteer line: 734-936-4327

University of Michigan Health System concern reporting form online

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:  (855) 444-3911


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