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Tennessee dad says 'recovery does not seem possible' after his son was pulled into a storm drain

More than 500 community members showed up to a vigil to pray for Asher Sullivan.
Water flowing into a storm drain
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/ Source: TODAY

A Tennessee family continues to plead for prayers while sharing a grim update on their son days after the child was pulled into a storm drain following dangerous weather in the area.

Jimmy Sullivan, a superintendent at Murfreesboro's Rutherford County Schools, posted to Facebook May 12 with an update on his son, Asher, who he said was pulled into a storm drain while playing with neighborhood children on May 8. While Asher was eventually found and a heartbeat was restored following CPR, his dad now says that while "he's not in imminent danger at this very moment, recovery does not seem possible."

"The worst case scenarios seemed to have come true," Sullivan wrote in his latest Facebook post, adding that he and his wife "have some impossible decisions to make in the next few days that no parents should have to face."

On May 9, Sullivan shared on the social media platform that his son was playing with other children in the water after a storm cleared out of the area. The community was helping clean up debris in the area as the children played. However, Sullivan explained in his Facebook post that his son was pulled into the storm drain.

Asher Sullivan in a photo shared by his father.
Asher Sullivan in a photo shared by his father.Jimmy Sullivan / Facebook

"He eventually came out in a drainage ditch and CPR was administered for quite some time," the original Facebook post read, and while his heartbeat returned, "the damage is substantial."

Sullivan continues to post updates to the page as his son receives care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The father shared that they had hope after Asher began showing small signs of activity, including a response to pain in one of his arms, but his latest post said "neurological signs we were seeing as positives have stopped." has reached out to Sullivan for comment.

The school district where Sullivan works held a vigil May 9 for the community to join, saying in a Facebook post on the district's page that "what the family truly needs right now is tons of prayers." After the vigil, the district shared that more than 500 people attended to pray for the family.

Murfreesboro is located roughly 34 miles southeast of Nashville. Tennessee has been just one of the areas hit by severe weather in early May. NBC News reports that one person was confirmed dead in Columbia, Tennessee, after a suspected tornado touched down, while NBC affiliate WSMV reported that a 22-year-old died in Knoxville after a tree fell on his car.