Firefighter's wife: Doctors 'blown away' by his improvement

February 11, 2019 05:09 PM

The wife of a North Bethlehem firefighter fighting for his life after developing sepsis is speaking exclusively with NewsChannel 13.

The story is capturing hearts all over the country.


Chelsea Woodward is feeling positive after getting some good news on her husband Josh's condition on Monday morning. She's been posting updates all weekend long and has received support from all over the country. She even says he squeezed her hand on Monday and got the balloon removed from his heart.

Josh Woodward, a firefighter with Albany International Airport, and a volunteer firefighter with North Bethlehem, has been in the ICU at St. Peter’s Hospital since Thursday after complaining of some arm pain that turned into sepsis.

How Josh developed sepsis is still a mystery. Doctors are telling Chelsea it could have been from an ingrown hair, a small cut, or another theory, strep. The infection spread to his kidneys, his heart and his lungs.

Chelsea says doctors told her Friday there was only a five percent chance he would survive -- and a good chance he would not be here come Monday.

“The doctors are just blown away by the improvement. Friday night, they thought he was a goner and were basically telling us to say our goodbyes, and it's Monday morning and he’s still here,” she said.

The story is so touching not only because of this young loving couple, with two small children, but because what happened to Josh was so sudden and so scary.

So far, a GoFundMe page has raised over $53,000 for this family.

MORE INFORMATION: GoFundMe: Woodward familyCDC: Sepsis 


Subrina Dhammi & WNYT Staff

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