Statement from the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Regarding the Death of Bobby Reyes


CONTACT: Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network 855-300-4673

Philadelphia, Pa., October 16, 2019 / — The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network wishes to express their deepest sympathies with Sarah Jones and Jose Reyes, the parents of Bobby Reyes on this sad day. Bobby suffered a premature and needless death at the hands of the University of Michigan, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, who refused to simply permit his parents more time to treat their son’s brain injury with the proper medical care that he needed.

Bobby’s parents were essentially left powerless to stop the hospital and their team of attorneys once the decision to end Bobby’s life was made. They concluded less than a week from his injury that he was “brain dead” and had “no hope” of improving.

Tragically, situations like what the Reyes family experienced are occurring every day across our country when hospitals decide within days to stop care to persons with severe brain injuries. It is why the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network exists and remains dedicated to helping patients receive the necessary care that doctors take an oath to provide.

“We were grateful to the Reyes family for contacting our organizations for assistance and we will continue providing support to families in similar situations where appropriate medical care is being denied to those who so desperately need it,” stated Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. “In the short time Bobby was a patient at the University of Michigan, he touched countless lives who were impacted by his fight for life. Along with the thousands of supporters who were helping the Reyes family, we will keep Bobby, his parents and their entire family in our prayers in the wake of this regrettable situation.”

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network upholds human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.