Chula Vista man will stay on life support: Family of Kesell Macias celebrated outside hospital

CHULA VISTA - A Chula Vista family says it is a miracle a South Bay hospital has decided it will not take their loved one off life support.

Dressed in his favorite color, the family of 22-year-old Kesell Macias released green balloons outside Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista to celebrate that he is still alive.

"This is truly a miracle from God," said sister Betsy Macias.

Macias remains on life support after his family waged a very public campaign to keep him alive.

"We felt robbed," said Fabiola Zatarain-Osune, Macias' aunt. "We wanted to fight this. We looked high and low to see how we were going to get this changed."

His family said if an ethics committee at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista had its way, he would be dead.

"The fact that they even wanted to disconnect him on Friday, which is Holy Friday, Good Friday… being a Catholic hospital, blew my mind," said Betsy Macias.

Two days before, Macias' family was informed he would be taken off life support. He has been on life support for nearly two months after a botched weight-loss surgery in Tijuana led to a heart attack.

"Once the media got involved, everything was quicker," said Betsy Macias. "There were more options. There were more people we could talk to."

The family says the hospital not only changed its tune, but Macias also was approved for Medi-Cal coverage. He was previously uninsured.

The family thanked their supporters and chanted Macias' nickname, "Queso." He still faces an uphill battle.

"We've always told them that we understand his neurological condition... that we will fight, that we believe in miracles," said Betsy Macias.

Earlier this week, Scripps Mercy Hospital told 10News it cannot comment on what medical care Macias has received due to privacy concerns. However, they extended their best wishes and prayers to the Macias family.

The family says Macias will be moved to a different hospital.

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