Albany firefighter battling sepsis now awake and aware

February 19, 2019 01:12 AM

The miracle continues for Albany Airport firefighter Josh Woodward. He has been battling sepsis since going to the hospital nearly two weeks ago for a pain in his arm. Doctors originally gave him just a five percent chance at survival.

“All the sign are pointing in the direction that my brother has completely taken that five percent and turned it the other way around,” said Woodward’s sister Erica Woodward-Strick.

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Woodward is the youngest of four and his family has been by his side during the entire battle. His sister says she got the call Sunday before church that Josh was awake and talking.

“Just to hear some audible voice come out of him and be able to lock eyes with him is just the most amazing thing,” said Woodward-Strick.

But she said Woodward still has a long road to recovery. He remains on dialysis.

“We’re told it’s not unusual at all for the kidneys to take some time to kind of wake up,” said Woodward-Strick. “But we are very confident that that will resolve itself well.”

There was also concern over Woodward’s hand after doctors thought it may have to be amputated due to what they thought was a flesh-eating bacteria.

“There’s a really good chance that nothing needs to be done about it and everything will be great. There is a chance something has to be done about it, but right now his doctors are not overly concerned about the hand,” said Woodward-Strick.

Now that Woodward is awake, his family has been trying piece everything together for him.

“We certainly have mentioned to him that, you know, the amount of support and love from the fire community from the local community, churches. So he is aware of that,” said Woodward-Strick. “We are gradually working him up to the whole picture.”

The whole picture includes thousands of comments on Facebook, more than $90,000 raised on a GoFundMe page, and dozens of companies making #WoodwardStrong products and giving the family 100 percent of the proceeds.

“It just really strengthens your hope in people and humanity and community and it’s just mind-blowing,” said Woodward-Strick.

You can read the full update from Chelsea Woodward here.


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