Most Shared

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Health News

Health News

 
text size

Funeral for paramedic that dies from H1N1

Updated: Monday, January 13 2014, 07:52 PM CST
SANTA ROSA COUNTY   --  Santa Rosa County -      Family, friends, and many first responders came to honor Lifeguard Paramedic Rodney Gajewski Monday.
   
Family members say the paramedic died after he was infected with the H1N1 flu virus.
 "My dad was my hero he did everything he could for everybody in the community," said Justin Gajewski.

Justin Gajewski stood looking at pictures of his father Rodney Gajewski or "big daddy" as his friends called him.
His dad had been in the industry for over 20 years and was well respected by his peers.
   
Justin says his father was infected by the virus after his step mother Kelly Gajewski contracted the H1N1 flu strain.

Rodney passed away last Sunday.
 "Just to see what the sickness does and how it stresses you out, how it can totally just subdue you and take over your life and just destroy you," said Gajewski.

Rodney's sister Sheela Cooper says she remembers receiving the phone call letting her know her brother had passed.

 "I though tit was a joke.. I really thought that it didn't happen.. I mean this is my baby brother," said Sheela Cooper.

Rodney's wife Kelly was taken to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for treatment.
   
Sheela says Kelly just recently came out of an induced coma.
But she still doesn't know her husband has died.
"I know she's missing him and I know she's wondering where he's at, but how  do you tell somebody that you're sicker but he's the one who is gone," said Cooper.

Both Justin and Sheela are urging people to get vaccinated and take precautions like washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough.
   
"It's important that everybody realizes that flu shots are important," said Cooper. Funeral for paramedic that dies from H1N1


Advertise with us!

Health Watch

  [ - ] Video Stories Only  [ - ] Text Stories Only  [ + ] Show All

ABC National Health News

Dallas Conjoined Twins Head to Rehab
The Ezell twins, formerly conjoined, are now happy, healthy and heading to rehab.
Dangers of Vaccine Hesitancy Explained in 10 Tweets
Many parents hesitate to vaccinate their children because of safety concerns.
Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon
Dick and Rick Hoyt are 74 and 52 years old and want to slow down.
No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak
At least 224 people in Franklin and Delaware counties have contracted the virus.
Girl Mauled by Raccoon Gets New Ear
Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate will pull a piece of the girl's rib and mold it into the shape of an ear and put that inside her forearm to grow. Eight weeks later, they will remove it and attach it to her ear.
Mom Whose Child Died After Catching Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines
Does vaccine refusal and hesitancy put everyone at risk for diseases?
Pregnancy Weight Has 'Goldilocks Effect' on Baby's Obesity Risk
Find out the impact of gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy.
How the Polar Vortex Could Create a Pollen Vortex
Why the Polar Vortex may lead to a terrible allergy season.
Health Dept Takes Man With Tuberculosis to Court
Health officials fear he'll exposure others.
Girl With Cerebral Palsy Gets Hospital Visit From Boyfriend
Watch India Brainard's face light up when she sees her boyfriend, Daniel.
New Technology 'Grows' Man-Made Body Parts
A look at the new technology that let's doctors "grow" body parts in the lab.
New NHL Lawsuit Is the Most Graphic Yet
A new lawsuit that accuses the NHL of putting profits before safety is littered with images of bloodied, toothless hockey players.
Researchers Find Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients
As rumors swirl about Google Glass finally being available to the public, the device is already being examined for use as a daily aid for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Heart Recipient Honors 21-Year-Old Donor
Susan Vieira is trying to complete heart donor's bucket list.
Why Your Spouse May Be 'Hangry' for a Fight
The link between marital discord and hunger pangs.
Watch: Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs
3D installation creates what your body might look like on the inside.
Watch: Boy, 11, Wants Amputation But Is 'Nervous'
Amit Vigoda, who has a painful and rare orthopedic condition, opts for life-changing surgery.
Watch: Woman Poses Daily to Document Year With Lung Cancer
Images capture Jennifer Glass in her first year of cancer treatment.
9 Real Solutions for Seasonal Allergies
To find solutions that actually work, we scoured the latest research. Here's what we found.
6 Food Labels That Don't Mean What You Think They Do
Misunderstanding these labels could be sabotaging your health.
4 Fun Ways to Get Your Vitamin D
Get your vitamin D the old-fashioned way: from good food and a bit of sun.
4 Ways to Stress Less and Look Great
Not only does stress affect your mood—and your midsection—but you can also see it on your skin in the form of lines, rashes, bumps and breakouts. Since we all experience pressure from time to time, the trick is how we deal with it.
 

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM The Middle
07:30PM Suburgatory
08:00PM Modern Family
08:31PM Mixology
09:00PM Nashville
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule