A 14-year-old Monroe County boy who was declared brain dead died Tuesday after C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital disconnected him from life support after the boy’s family lost a legal battle to prevent the move.
Parents Sara Jones and Jose Reyes fought the University of Michigan hospital’s initial attempt to take Bobby off of life support, obtaining a temporary restraining order last Friday from Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Schwartz. But Schwartz relented Tuesday and ruled at about 10:22 a.m. that he did not have the authority to issue a restraining order, clearing the way for C.S. Mott to proceed.
“Our health care team at Michigan Medicine extends our deepest condolences to the family of Bobby Reyes in this heartbreaking situation,” the University of Michigan, which operates the hospital, said in a statement shortly before 3 p.m.
Medical officials said caregivers at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital attempted to transfer Reyes and contacted more than 20 facilities, all of which declined to accept him. By Michigan law, an individual who has sustained an irreversible cessation of the brain is considered dead, officials said.
Erica Reyes, the older sister of Jose Reyes, said the family was able to get a proposed restraining order on the desk of a state Court of Claims judge. The family “politely requested that the hospital allow time for the judge to sign the order, but they declined the family’s request,” said Reyes, 29, of Austin, Texas, who said she was not speaking for other family members.
“I asked the hospital please to wait for me, and they said, ‘No,'” said Erica Reyes as she cried in a phone interview. “I’m shocked and appalled by this whole situation. I think that they rushed it, and I think that they should have waited for the family to find a hospital to take Bobby.”
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