Knoxville father loses battle with H1N1 and double pneumonia

Knoxville father loses battle with H1N1 and double pneumonia

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Church members say John Monday (right) passed away Thursday after battling H1N1 and double pneumonia. (source: Facebook) Church members say John Monday (right) passed away Thursday after battling H1N1 and double pneumonia. (source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Ridge Community Church told 6 News that member John Monday, who had been battling H1N1 and double pneumonia, passed away Thursday afternoon after taking a turn for the worse.

Monday had been at Parkwest Medical Center in critical condition on a ventilator. Family members set up a "Prayers For John Monday" Facebook page.

Monday's wife Julie said this year the family didn't get flu shots. The entire family came down with the flu earlier this month. Julie and their two sons recovered, but John did not.

Loved ones described Monday as tough, saying that's why his illness left them feeling overwhelmed.

Church members are asking for prayers for the Monday family during their difficult time.

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