53-Year-Old Man Is Hospitalized For 8 Days After Flu Hits His Lungs And Makes It Hard To Breathe

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Cold and flu season has hit the United States hard this year, and many doctors and nurses are warning their patients that, if they don’t take the proper precautions, they could be hit by the virus next.

Having the flu is no walk in the park: The symptoms, which can include body aches and pains, sneezing, a stuffy nose, and even hives, should be taken seriously as the flu or complications from the flu can kill a perfectly healthy individual.

Greg Gebhardt is lucky to be recovering from the virus — he’s in a hospital bed and has been for days after thinking that only the very young and the very old are vulnerable to the virus.

At 53 years old and healthy, Greg tells KCPQ in the video below that he is stunned that the common flu has put him in such a situation. Now, he knows that it can kill people half his age — someone in the same hospital recently died from the flu at age 25.

“I never realized it was a 25-year-old here. I am twice the age. I guess I am glad I did go to the hospital,” Gebhardt says.

So far, he has spent eight days in bed, occasionally getting up to shower. He’s getting his strength back slowly and still has trouble breathing.

Please SHARE Greg’s story to remind friends and family that it’s not too late to get a flu shot this season!

Footage and photos provided by KCPQ Seattle

Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.