Dad Says 10-Year-Old Son 'Needs a Miracle' After Being Swept Into Storm Drain: 'The Damage Is Substantial'

Rutherford County Schools Director Jimmy Sullivan wrote that his son Asher is "not showing much brain activity outside of muscle jerks"

<p>Rutherford County Schools</p> Asher Sullivan

Rutherford County Schools

Asher Sullivan

A Tennessee father is asking for prayers, and a "miracle," after his youngest son was swept into a storm drain on Wednesday, May 8.

Jimmy Sullivan, the Director of Schools at Rutherford County, made a Facebook post on Thursday, May 9, saying that his 10-year-old son Asher was "involved in a tragic event" following a storm.

Sullivan wrote that somehow Asher "got caught" in a storm drain and "was swept under the neighborhood streets."

"He eventually came out in a drainage ditch and CPR was administered for quite some time. His heart beat was reestablished but the damage is substantial," Sullivan wrote, adding that his son's "lungs are severely damaged and he is not showing much brain activity outside of muscle jerks."

"Pray for healing for his lungs and most importantly brain activity to occur," he added. "Asher needs a miracle."

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Asher is currently at Vanderbilt Medical Center in stable but critical condition, per WGNS. A neighbor told WSMV that Asher was trying to grab his shoe when he got swept into the drain, and that 50 people — including first responders — were at the scene.

Rutherford County Schools also shared the news to its own Facebook page, writing that there's been "an outpouring of love and support from the community" and that Asher's family needs "tons of prayers" amid the tragedy.

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A community prayer vigil will be taking place at the RCS District Office at 2 p.m. local time, with all "welcome to attend and show support."

RCS also shared on Facebook that all schools were closed on Thursday, citing "several flooding issues tonight, several areas without electricity and several trees down that will impact buses" in the areas of Eagleville and Christiana.

NBC News reports that over 200,000 customers were without power across Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Georgia as of 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, and that at least 3 people died in a 24-hour span amid severe weather conditions within those states. Two of those deaths took place in Tennessee.

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