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My Story

After an accident on November 15 Josh was rushed to St.Cloud hospital to receive treatment for hypothermia due to falling through the ice on Little Rock lake. He was unconscious and had no pulse at the time of rescue. The St. Cloud Hospital started to warm his body up and once they were able to get him in a stable condition Josh was air lifted to The University of Minnesota to receive specialty care for the critical condition he is in. Over the last couple days the U of M actually cooled his body back down to reduce the risk of his brain swelling. His organs where in very bad condition Friday but his lungs and heart have been improving. As of today after talking to the doctors his kidneys are still not functioning much at all and there still watching his brain for swelling. If the kidneys don't start improving very soon they are talking about having to start Josh on dialysis. Today at 12 they started to warm Josh's body back up slowly to 97º which his body reached that temperature this evening around 8:30pm. His body is handling the warming process very well. He is and will stay on the ventilator for a while. The machine that is being used to warm his body is called Ecmo. It cycles the blood out of his body and get the blood to a certain temperature and is oxygenating his blood and then returns the blood back into his body. He is expected to be on the Ecmo machine until the doctors feel it is safe to take him off and if he stays in a stable condition. Josh is still in critical condition but is making good progress.

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Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "5/26/2014 Update by Bob, Josh's Dad.".

Thought I would give an update on Josh for those still following along here. Josh has all his weight and strength back and is back climbing trees again like this whole ... Read more

Joshua Johnson added a new photo.

Joshua Johnson added a new photo.

Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "4/6/2014 Update by Bob, Josh's Dad.".

Sorry it's been so long without an update. Beth and Josh just welcomed Parker into the family on 3/28 at 2:38pm, 9 lbs. 4 oz..  Josh is getting much stronger.  ... Read more

Joshua Johnson added a new photo.

Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "2/2/2014 Update by Bob, Josh's Dad.".

Spent most of Saturday with Josh. Really was a great day .....especially not knowing if he was going to be with us a couple months ago, I'm still trying to absorb it all ... Read more

Krystyn Knights signed Joshua's Guestbook.

I thank God and all of the Angels that have been watching over you since the accident. I know you still have a long way to go, but praise each day, and thank the Angels ... Read more

Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "1/23/2014 Update by Josh...... yes, JOSH!!!!!".

Hi Everyone.  I'm getting better every day.  Thank you for all your support and prayers over these months.  I'm glad to be back home with family again.  Looking ... Read more

Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "1/23/2014 Update by Bob, Josh's Dad.".

Josh was on WCCO channel 4 tonight with Shane and Neil.  http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/9762791-man-tells-of-falling-through-ice-being-under-for-25-min/ Read more

Joshua Johnson posted a new journal entry, "1/22 update by Joshs wife.".

It is only wednesday and we have had such a busy week. Monday Josh had a doctor appt in town found out his white blood count is still sitting around 16,500. His potassium ... Read more

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