Nurse in critical condition after sick patient coughs on him

Jessica Ankomah
<i>Image via GoFundMe</i>
Image via GoFundMe

As a hospital nurse, Russell Marsh makes his living by caring for the needs of others — but now, a tragic turn of events has left him critically ill.

Marsh told his wife, Helen, how an ill patient coughed on him at work on Feb. 12. Just two days later he fell sick with a cough and fever.

After a downward spiral, the 39-year-old has spent the past two weeks on life-support. Today, he lays in a coma with his family by his side.

<i>Image via GoFundMe</i>
Image via GoFundMe

Writing on a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her brother-in-law, Jasmine Nguyen said the loving father-of-one remains critically ill, has developed acute kidney failure and is currently on dialysis.

“Four days later, Russell took time off work as he was experiencing shortness of breath and difficulties breathing,” she said.

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He was then rushed to hospital where doctors found he wasn’t getting enough oxygen to his brain and body.

“Less than 24 hours later, Russell was placed on life support, where he remains today, due to acute respiratory failure, caused by possible pneumonia,” Nguyen wrote.

His devastated family has said Marsh never suffered any other serious health problems and are in complete shock over his current state.

<i>Image via GoFundMe</i>
Image via GoFundMe

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“We are praying he makes it through this, and although he may suffer ongoing neurological issues and require ongoing mobility rehabilitation, we all want him to recover and be able to spend many more precious years with his wife and son who mean the world to him,” she said.

While the family hope and pray for signs of improvement, Nguyen’s campaign will assists her sister in handling the ongoing household and medical costs.

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