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Millington boy with H1N1 fighting for his life, community supporting family

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(02/26/14) - A 13-year old boy from Millington is fighting for his life.

It started as a sore throat and then spiraled out of control. He has the H1N1 virus and had to be air lifted to the U of M hospital in Ann Arbor.

Brady Gulledge first had H1N1, then MRSA in his lungs and now bilateral pneumonia.

His family's world is turned upside down - but there is hope.

Brady's friends are more like family - and seeing their buddy wrapped in tubes and surrounded by machines is tough.

"He's had help from an artificial heart and artificial lungs," said Rachel Hill, a Millington parent who knows Brady and his family.

This started last week - Brady had a sore throat so his mom took him to the doctor on a Tuesday. He was immediately taken to Hurley Medical Center, and then air lifted to U of M.

Brady was so sick, they weren't sure he'd live.

"I just cried," said Brady's friend and classmate Keenan Powell. "I just literally, just cried."

But in the last week, Brady is better.

He's in a coma - and there are flutters of hope.

"He opened his eyes, squeezed his mom's hand and flared his nostrils," said Briar Bearss, Brady's best friend.

That is relief beyond measure for his friends waiting back home.

In the mean time, mom is staying in Ann Arbor while dad commutes back and forth to take care of Brady's two brothers.

The costs are overwhelming.

Fellow Millington parents are planning a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on March 9 - all proceeds will help Brady's family with bills.

"This town is just incredible," Bearss said.

In the mean time, they have a message for their strong little boy.

"Please keep on praying for Brady," Powell said.

"Keep fighting," Bearss said.

The fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 9 from noon - 6 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on Center Street in Millington.

You can also make donations to Cardinal Country Cares - Brady Gulledge at any Frankenmuth Credit Union.

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