A family of Dallas firefighters intubated to a hospital fighting COVID-19 is always seeking prayer with the birth of a third child.
Quinton’Q’ Tillman is in the medical city denton intensive care unit, according to his wife Natasia, who is three weeks away from giving birth to the couple’s third child.
“It’s our” surprise baby “, so it’s a tiebreaker. We have boys and girls, so we want a healthy baby, “Natasia said.
Natasia also wants her husband to be healthy and welcome her baby to the world.
“We hope he goes through. He uses 50% ventilator oxygen and it’s like his happy place. So he can just keep fighting. I hope, “she said. “It’s literally hourly.”
A Marine Corps veteran who worked in Iraq, Tillman is a firefighter and emergency medical officer at Dallas Fire Department 1.
The family hosted a baby shower last Saturday, and Natasia said her husband began to feel sick the next day.
“He was sick and was really ready to go to the hospital all night,” she said. “By the afternoon, they said he had time to live unless he was intubated.”
Doctors diagnosed Tillman with COVID-19 polypneumonia. Pneumonia affects multiple areas of the lungs.
Natasia Tillman said her husband chose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I think he has a strong Christian belief that he doesn’t want to be vaccinated. It’s to everyone that he can get over it with vitamins, minerals, and all of them. It was like his speech, “she said.
She emphasized that her husband took the virus seriously and assured his family that he had been in good health since the pandemic began.
The Dallas Firefighters Association estimates that 60% of DFRs are vaccinated. To date, 683 firefighters have tested positive for coronavirus and over 12 have been hospitalized. One firefighter died of the virus.
“Currently, there are three people in the hospital,” said union president Jim McDade.
Most members of the virus-infected department have fully recovered, McDade said. However, there are ongoing concerns about many colleagues suffering from long-term consequences.
“Lung damage to other impaired systems, kidney damage, etc. And so far, doctors aren’t 100% sure what function will come back,” McDade said. ..
The union is closely watching all ongoing studies investigating the long-term effects of the virus on firefighters, who are generally considered to be at high risk for health problems.
Firefighters who survive the COVID-19 infection also have additional requirements to return to the scene.
“I don’t want anyone to be released because of the long-term effects of COVID-19,” McDade said. “So who knows what will happen in a year or two?”
Tillman has a 6-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. His family wants prayer.
“I know his last words before he was intubated,” she said. “For everyone to pray.”
The family has a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses. Click here to find the link.