MCSO deputy suffers life-threatening complications from the flu, family asking for donations

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A Mobile County Sheriff’s Deputy is in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

Detective Tim Anderson was rushed to the hospital and is currently in the ICU suffering complications from the flu. His family tells us they are taking everything minute by minute, and he has a 5% chance of survival.

“He’s not been able to recover,” said Captain Paul Burch.

Captain Paul Burch says Detective Tim Anderson is suffering from life-threatening complications from the flu, he was hospitalized earlier this week.

“He initially went to a hospital in Mobile where they thought it was common flu symptoms and obviously had respiratory problems and was admitted within a very short time was admitted to the ICU, where it became worse,” said Burch.

According to the Tim Anderson & Family Go Fund Me page, he is on an ECMO machine and ventilator. The family is asking for money to help pay for medical expenses. The goal was set at $1,500 and so far the page has raised more than $6,500.

Anderson is currently on a ventilator, his wife has been traveling between Mobile and Pensacola to stay by her husbands’ side.

“Picture perfect family man, he’s a young guy, got small children. Very devoted to his family and very devoted to the community,” said Burch.

Burch says news of his illness hit the sheriff’s office hard.

“We are like a family, it’s a small department, it is a sense of community, so it’s really hard on each and every person who works around him,” said Burch.

Now they are asking the community he serves for help.

“The community to pray for him,” said Burch.

For updates on his health, visit the Tim Anderson’s H1N1 Battle Facebook page.

Anderson’s sister sent this statement to News 5.

He contracted H1N1 and has a rare case of ARDS. The pulmonologist said he’s only seen this 50 times in 37 years. He is currently at Baptist hospital on an ECMO machine. Doctors are working with him and he is maintaining. Everything is minute by minute. We have been told someone should stay close at all times right now. At this time, the pulmonologist is giving him a 5% chance of survival.

The ECMO tech said that out of the 100’s of patients he’s had on ECMO after catching the flu, none of them had gotten a flu shot. You better get one too if you haven’t!

Dr. Melton from Providence is the pulmonologist that took the initiative to call Baptist hospital and inquire about Timothy going on the ECMO machine there. He stayed on the phone with their doctors throughout the night and got him transferred the next day. If he hadn’t done that, my brother would have died.

Mena Anderson

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