Former SCSU Husky Dies of Rare Illness Days Before Wife Gives Birth
Several online campaigns have been set up for a Minnesota woman who lost her husband just days before she gave birth to their son.
In a journal entry shared to CaringBridge.org, Kelsey Ferguson shares that in the days leading up to her husband Scott's death, he'd been experiencing "cough, body aches, fever, joint aches and many more symptoms." They thought it might be psoriatic arthritis, but were waiting for an official diagnosis.
Kelsey herself was pregnant and admitted to Abbott Northwestern Hospitals Mother Baby Center. Scott visited her that night, but after going home his condition worsened.
He was "coughing up blood and couldn't catch his breath. He ended up going to the ER" where he was diagnosed as having an inflammatory disease called vasculitis (Wegner's). Scott was transferred to Abbot, the same hospital Kelsey was in.
For two days, Scott seemed to be making improvements, and the two of them saw each other off and on. By Thursday, however, Scott's conditioned had again taken a turn for the worse: the doctors found his lungs in worse shape than they'd thought, and he went into cardiac arrest. He was revived, but there was nothing more that could be done for Scott's lungs.
Kelsey shares about their final moments together:
"I was able to tell him how much I loved him, how much our son loved him, hold his hand, give him a hug and just be with him. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do."
Because of Kelsey's own fragile condition, she had to be wheeled back to her own hospital room. Scott passed away, and in an update at GoFundMe.com, Kelsey's sister Codi shares that Kelsey has since given birth to their son Maxley Russell weighing in at 2lbs 4oz and 14.25 inches long. He was born with a birth defect and will require surgery at 4-6 months.
According to Bring Me the News, Scott and Kelsey had met at Saint Cloud State University in 2010. Scott -- who was originally from Ontario -- had played for the Huskies from 2006-2010 and was considered one of the program's "most successful players."
As of writing, a Go Fund Me campaign set up on behalf of Kelsey and her son Maxley has raised $36,805. You can give here.