Puyallup man on life support after contracting flu

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PUYALLUP — About five weeks ago, 50-year-old Daniel Fickle started feeling sick. He spiked a fever, got aches and chills and a nasty cough.

DANFICKLE3Within four days he could barely breathe. His wife rushed him to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he now remains in a medically induced coma on life support, fighting for his life. Doctors say the strain of flu he contracted is Influenza A.

His wife, Tammy, said her family has never gotten the flu shot. She felt they were all healthy enough and weren’t at risk for getting seriously ill if they contracted the flu.  Her stance has changed now.

Tammy and Daniel have eight children together and have been married 15 years and never imagined being faced with something like this.

Doctors say the prognosis is uncertain at this point. Fickle’s kidneys have been damaged by the effects of pneumonia and severe respiratory distress. They aren’t sure if the lack of oxygen will result in permanent brain damage.

The family is facing huge medical bills, and Fickle had just switched jobs. He was the sole provider for the family and is a restaurant manager who recently started work at the Cheesecake Factory near Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.

Tammy Fickle is unsure at this point if his benefits are active because of his short-term job status, and says his paychecks have already ceased.

Friends of the family are organizing an online fundraiser and you can donate here.

There is also an upcoming raffle for the Fickle family at R-Jay’s Scoreboard on February 21st at 7 p.m at 1200 S. 324th St. in Federal Way. Organizers are looking for businesses or individuals who would like to donate items for the raffle itself. If you are interested, email Richard Tibbot at rtibbot@hotmail.com or click here.

To learn more about Daniel Fickle’s journey and follow his recovery, click here.

We’ll have more on this story on Q13 FOX News at 4:00 and 5:00.

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  • Amber

    Thank you Q 13 for sharing Daniel's story. He and his family are wonderful people and it's hearbreaking that they have to endure this. Friends of the Fickle family appreciate your efforts and thank everyone who has helped support the fundraiser in Daniel's honor.

  • Julie

    To Daniel and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your situation. My heart truly goes out to you & your family. I read this story and broke out in tears. It's hard to believe that something so life threatening could happen in a blink of an eye. I hope that you make a full recovery & hope that their is no permanent damage. This is absolutey heart breaking. God bless you and your family



    PS: I wish I could help but right now I am struggling to support my family of 4 on $700.00 a month

  • PattyG

    Thank You Q13 for getting his story out there. To Daniels Family I hope he makes a full recovery. My husband is currently in a very similar state. I actually got chills reading this story as we have been going thru that same steps as Daniel and his family. My husband has a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu virus. His kidneys are starting to work again, he is still on the ventilator and we just found out that he has suffered some brain damage. We won't know the extent of the damage until he is awake which is taking longer then hoped. I really wish the media would do a better job of getting the information out there so more people did not have to go thru what we and Daniels' families are going thru right now.

  • Guest

    For anyone who might be wondering, the family actually has 7 kids but 4 of them are already out of the house, there are still 3 living at home.