Kidneys shutting down for Tyler flu victim

Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:15 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com 

It's a fight family and friends could never have guessed 38-year-old electric lineman Will Goodson would have to face. But after a bout of the flu, the Tylerite remains in critical condition.

Goodson continues to battle pneumonia, which he developed as a complication from the Type A flu.

Goodson did not have a flu shot and did not seek medical attention when he initially became ill, his girlfriend Soledad Steele said this morning.

When he did finally go to the emergency room, it was too late for doctors to administer Tamiflu, which has to be given in the first 48 hours after symptoms develop.

Goodson has been in intensive care at East Texas Medical Center for more than a week, and Ms. Steele said over the weekend he took a turn for the worse as his kidneys began shutting down.

He is in a medically induced coma.

"He begins dialysis today, so it's a big change from Friday when he was actually doing a little better," she said.

Ms. Steele said doctors remain hopeful, but say even with the best outlook, it could be weeks before he is awakened from the coma.

"He has a long road ahead of him," his mother Brenda Goodson said Friday. 

Donations for Goodson are accepted at XTC Sports and Fitness on South Broadway, where Ms. Steele is a trainer.