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Pleasanton woman taken off life support still has heartbeat

Family of UTSA student Rebekah Florez praying for miracle

SAN ANTONIO – A 19-year-old Pleasanton woman is clinging to life, in spite of being removed from life support after doctors declared she lost her battle with cancer.

Rebekah Florez' family is now praying for the unlikeliest of miracles, although doctors told them Florez' brain is no longer active.

Doctors added she would be gone in a few hours, but that didn't happen, in fact her vital signs have gotten stronger.

"To us, as long as her heart beats, there is time for a miracle," said her brother Xavier Florez.

A family friend, Javier Galvan, said Rebekah, known to people close to her as "Reba," was active in her church, and strong in her faith. She graduated from Pleasanton High School in 2011, and was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Galvan said she was diagnosed with a brain tumor two months into her freshman year at UTSA.

Florez' family, meanwhile, is struggling to pay mounting medical bills. Friends of the family have set up a website where people can donate money to help.

Anyone interested in making a donation can visit http://www.gofundme.com/vxwwo.

IMAGES: Rebekah Florez

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