By Justin Koller, Fox59
COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Indiana as 786 additional Hoosiers tested positive Friday. It brings the total number of confirmed cases to more than 764,000.
One man, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Pipe Creek Township firefighter tested positive himself last week – he’s currently in Indianapolis at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital fighting for his life.
Family and friends describe Justin Guillemette as a ‘larger than life hero’, loving husband and dad, who unfortunately didn’t take COVID-19 seriously.
“He didn’t believe in the shot and now… he’s where he’s at sadly,” Guillemette’s wife Holli said. “It’s just frustrating cause I hear the same things from people over and over… “I’m not getting it. I don’t believe in it” … blah blah blah, my husband was one of those people… I’m not gonna lie and now his karma was basically getting it.”
Nearly as quickly as it happened, he was transferred to Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis and placed on not only a ventilator but also an ECMO, short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.
He would now die without it.
“Oh, this goes beyond ventilator. ECMO is a machine that takes the blood, pulls it from the body, in one tube, and filters it through a machine, pulls out Carbon Dioxide and puts oxygen back into the blood,” Holli said. “He is in rough shape. They told us today the ECMO is helping some. But he is a bigger guy so ECMO is not working 100% on him like it would someone who is built smaller, like me. So, it’s going to take longer, I think, for his body to try and heal. They told us today that it could be weeks that he’ll be on ECMO.”
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