Young Knoxville father battling H1N1 and double pneumonia

Young Knoxville father battling H1N1 and double pneumonia

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Monday's husband is still on a ventilator and there's no telling how long he'll have to stay at Parkwest Medical Center Monday's husband is still on a ventilator and there's no telling how long he'll have to stay at Parkwest Medical Center
Loved ones describe John in one word, tough Loved ones describe John in one word, tough
"He can't open his eyes, he's not been awake for almost a week and it's just scary," said his wife Julie Monday. "He can't open his eyes, he's not been awake for almost a week and it's just scary," said his wife Julie Monday.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The flu is hitting a Knoxville family of four harder than anyone could have imagined, sending a young father and husband to the hospital. The Monday family telling us John Monday is now on a ventilator in critical condition.

Loved ones describe John in one word, tough. That's why they say they're so overwhelmed and worried the flu has hit him this hard.

A post on Facebook is simply asking for prayers, family members set up the Prayers For John Monday Facebook page, who is battling H1N1 and double pneumonia.

"He can't open his eyes, he's not been awake for almost a week and it's just scary," said his wife Julie Monday.

It's scary because Monday says this year the family didn't get flu shots and about a week ago they came down with the flu.

"We all were sick. We all had body aches and fevers. We just felt miserable," she said.

The kids are feeling much better, but Monday's husband is still on a ventilator and there's no telling how long he'll have to stay at Parkwest Medical Center.

"We're just waiting. We're waiting for his lungs to clear up," added Monday.

In the meantime, family members are lending emotional support and trying to help financially.

"Just getting the burden off her. It's the things you don't even think about. The light bill is still coming every month," said John Monday's sister Samantha Lee.

But what the Monday family says they truly need are prayers.

"God is the ultimate healer and if we pray to him, he'll answer our prayers. If we're faithful He will heal John," said Monday.

If you would like to help the family you can click here or you can follow the family and check on John's condition by "Liking" his Facebook page.

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