Harley’s Fight: A Marshall Co. family works to fundraise for their baby son

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- A Marshall County family is working to raise funds for their baby son, in a fight that started the day he was born.

Imagine spending half of your life in a hospital.

For two and a half months, that was a reality for Harley Tanner. During that time, Harley, his mom and his dad fought. Their battleground was a hospital room. The fight started on Harley's birthday.

In fact, mom Angela says the cause that prompted this fight started even before that. "Polyhydramnios is what cause my placenta to tear away, start to tear away at 34 weeks, and when it started to tear away it left him with depleted blood and depleted oxygen, and that's what caused the brain bleed," Angela says.

Now, Harley is a strong and content five-month-old, but he still needs constant attention.

Harley eats using a feeding tube. "He's outgrowing it quicker than Medicaid will pay for them," Angela says.

She says Harley gets a set number of tubes in a certain time period. After that period if Harley needs more, the tubes have to be paid for out-of-pocket - and Harley is growing fast.

In addition to those costs, Harley still needs to see doctors in Huntsville and Birmingham - both of which are nearly two hours from the Tanner's Boaz home.

Angela says that list of costs is a fraction of the care Harley needs. All of it costs money, and for Harley's parents, his care is a full-time job.

So the family is working to raise the funds needed for their little son's medical care. "We're going to continue to do you know, whatever we can," Angela says.

One fundraiser unfortunately fell through, but between online donation sites and silent auctions the ideas for raising more funds for Harley keep coming - because Harley needs it.

There's an even bigger reason, though. "He's worth everything and more," Angela says, "He is my little miracle."

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