Mott Children's Hospital no longer threatening to end life support for boy

Posted at 6:09 PM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 06:20:33-04

The University of Michigan and Mott Children’s Hospital have done an about-face with a 9-year-old who needs a lung transplant. 

They are no longer threatening to end life support they called futile. Instead they are working with the family to find another facility where Jamerian Bennett can be transferred.

The difference could be public pressure, coverage here on 7 Action News, social media and an attorney now representing the family pro bono, Chad Englehardt.

Brandee Bennett was told life support was going to be ended on her birthday last week.

Jamerian got pneumonia that led to severe lung damage.  Attorney Chad Englehardt tells 7 Investigator if the lungs don’t respond to treatment, he will need a very special lung transplant.

Jamerian can’t speak but communicates with his eyebrows and hands.  His mother says he even wanted to brush his own teeth with a breathing tube in his mouth and throat. 

She says she will do whatever it takes to keep him alive.