Not long ago we were in the Bahamas with Kristen and Josh (far right) having a blast! Fast forward just 16 months later - on Feb 20th when Josh suffered a massive heart attack at just 39 years old leaving him fighting for his life...
After working a 6 hour pipe-fiting shift in Conklin, SK and not feeling well, Josh walked himself to the medi-clinic where he collapsed in the doorway as his heart stopped beating. Not only did he break his nose on the fall, but it took 3 defibillations to get his heart going again. STARS Air Ambulance flew Josh to Fort Mcmurray hospital where he was put into a 36 hour induced hypothermic coma to heal his brain as he had been without oxygen for a total of 15 minutes.
Josh was later flown to Edmonton Hospital to determine the damage to his heart. He had 2 stents put in his heart as he had 100% blockage of his left main coronary artery which resulted in cardiac arrest. Due to aspirated lungs, Josh also got pneumonia while in the hospital and has 6 broken ribs due to receiving CPR. He had zero short term memory for 4 days but thankfully that has returned. The doctors cant explain why this happened as Josh is healthy in every way and has no family history of heart issues.
Josh has 3 kids - Daina (17), Darcie (13) and Nikilas (11) and his partner of 3 years Kristen who he lives with also has 2 boys - Rylan (9) and Kohen (7). Josh is currently home and recovering but it will be an uncertain amount of time until he can return to work. With finances being uncertain at this time, we wanted to help by doing a facebook auction that closes on Sunday March 25th @ 9pm CST (search "Auction for Josh & Kristen" to be added) and this GoFundMe with a goal of raising $3000 to help them during this difficult time.
Thank you for your support and prayers for a speedy recovery for Josh.
- Tara&Blaise Ross
- Tammy Morin
- Charla Hodgson
- Troy Miller
- Ed Bourgoin
Organizer and beneficiary
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