Tylerite remains critical battling pneumonia

Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 23:00 - Written 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 with the flu, the Tylerite remained in critical condition Monday.

Goodson continued to battle a bout of pneumonia, which 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 Monday morning.

When he finally went 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 during 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 remained hopeful, but 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 Avenue, where Ms. Steele is a trainer.