CBS46 News has learned an Atlanta based reality TV star is severely ill with a rare brain condition at the height of flu season.

Doctors say Alexx Banks from the reality TV show 'Ready to Love' on the OWN network has a rare complication with Influenza B.

"Wednesday, he texted me saying 'Mom, I'm really, really sick. Pray for me," said Veronica Johnson, as she described the moment she found out. That was last week but his conditions progressed to the point where he had to be hospitalized.

“All through the night, he was delirious and fighting. Wouldn’t let us give him anything to eat or drink. He didn’t know who we were,” said Johnson. “The neurologist came in and said that he had brain flu."

Austin Chan, a Morehouse medicine assistant professor of infectious diseases, says the brain flu is rare but possible. In fact, he says there have been 44 documented journal cases since 2002.

"Its viral. It has put him down and now were just trying to wake him up. He's moving. He hears you and everything but he just not himself," Johnson added, holding back her tears.

And while Banks battles the virus, his fellow TV stars are hoping to help raise money for his medical expenses.

"I know that if I was in this situation, Alexx would do something so I felt that it was time for me to step up and help him in his time of need."

The fundraising event being held by his 'Ready to Love' co-stars will be December 6.

A GoFundMe account is set up to help Banks with medical expenses.

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