School superintendent's youngest son, 9, is sucked into storm drain and carried away after flood, leaving him with 'not much brain activity besides muscle jerks'

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A Tennessee boy is fighting for his life aft being sucked down a drain while playing successful tornado and large wind debris. 

Asher Sullivan, 9, was progressive successful nan tragic mishap connected Wednesday evening successful Murfreesboro, arsenic he was 'swept nether nan vicinity streets.' 

His father, Rutherford County schoolhouse superintendent Jimmy Sullivan, said connected Facebook that 'CPR was administered for rather immoderate time', which restored his heartbeat but near nan boy successful captious condition. 

Jimmy said his boy is hospitalized astatine Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, wherever his 'lungs are severely damaged, and he is not showing overmuch encephalon activity extracurricular of musculus jerks.'

Asher Sullivan, 9, is fighting for his life aft being sucked down a drain while playing successful tornado and large wind debris connected Wednesday evening 

The boy's father Rutherford County schoolhouse superintendent Jimmy Sullivan (right), said his son's 'lungs are severely damaged, and he is not showing overmuch encephalon activity extracurricular of musculus jerks' 

The Murfreesboro, Tennessee area saw terrible flooding aft a large wind and tornado ripped done nan area, and Asher was playing successful debris earlier nan calamity unfolded 

The scary unfolded arsenic nan nine-year-old was playing pinch different vicinity kids successful nan aftermath of a tornado and terrible large wind that ripped done nan Tennessee area earlier this week, sidesplitting three. 

While neighbors banded together to clear nan damage, Asher's begetter said that 'somehow, (he) sewage caught successful nan large wind drain and was swept nether nan vicinity streets.' 

Asher 'eventually' emerged successful a drainage ditch, he said, alongside different boy who besides lives connected his street, eighth-grader Madden Moltz. 

While Madden is expected to recover, according to societal media station by nan section Priest Lake Presbyterian Church, Asher has been near fighting for his life. 

Amid nan outpouring of support for nan family, locals said family's struggle comes arsenic Asher's older brother, Declan, had been battling leukemia for 4 years earlier beating nan illness successful 2022. 

A section mother besides shared patches made by a friend of Asher's to manus to section kids, signaling their support for nan boy, reference 'Sullivan Strong.' 

In an email to parents successful nan schoolhouse territory shared online, an charismatic said that each Rutherford County schools were to beryllium closed connected Thursday owed to nan grade of nan damage. 

'You will besides perceive that our head of school's boy was progressive successful an mishap coming during nan storm,' nan email continued. 

'He is unchangeable but critical, and is receiving aesculapian curen tonight. We inquire that you please support this family successful your thoughts and prayers.' 

Locals person sent an outpouring of support to Asher's family pursuing nan accident, and said their suffering comes as Asher's older brother, Declan, (pictured together pinch their family) had been battling leukemia for 4 years earlier beating nan illness successful 2022

A section mother besides shared patches made by a friend of Asher's to manus to section kids, signaling their support for nan boy, reference 'Sullivan Strong' 

Storm harm was seen crossed Tennessee connected Thursday aft a upwind strategy ripped done nan authorities earlier successful nan week 

Tennessee resident John Bernhardt searches for his belongings extracurricular his stormed damaged location Thursday 

The harm that Asher was playing successful was caused by a tornado and immense large wind that tore done Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan this week. 

Three group were killed arsenic nan twister and terrible large wind blew done nan area, flattening homes and bringing down powerfulness to millions. 

One video showed ample hailstones battering vehicles and homes successful nan vicinity of Fire Station 1 successful downtown Clarksville, which lies connected Tennessee's separator pinch Kentucky. 

Other videos showed trees toppled by dense winds, and cars wading done inches of h2o that had collected connected roads.

The sheriff successful Claiborne County, which lies astir an hr northbound of Knoxville, said 1 of nan victims was a 22-year-old man successful a car who was fatally struck by 1 of nan trees.

A 2nd personification was killed successful nan metropolis of Columbia successful Maury County, besides successful Tennessee, and nan upwind beforehand is expected to bring further harm connected Thursday. 

The National Weather Service continued issuing tornado warnings that agelong past midnight successful North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky, and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi. 

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