An Albany Airport firefighter is fighting for his life.

Josh Woodward is in sepsis, according to now-viral Facebook posts by his wife Chelsea. She says it all started February 7.

From there, Josh's condition worsened, according to the posts.

Chelsea says her husband had a heart attack from the stress and that his kidneys got worse. In another post, Chelsea says that doctors said her husband had just a 5 percent chance of survival.

On Saturday afternoon, she posted that some of Josh's stats were on the rise again and doctors were hopeful, but his condition is still critical. Sunday morning, she updated followers that he had been weaned off two medications and that his oxygen saturation had improved, but he has a long road ahead and family friends say he isn't "out of the woods yet."

The posts have gone viral, with thousands of supporters from around the country commenting, reacting and praying for the family on Facebook. The couple has two young children, Jax and Holland.

Now friends say, the outpouring of support from thousands of people they don't even know, has meant the world.


"Chelsea's in the moment all the time, which is one of the reasons she makes everyone feel special," said David Mazzella, a friend of Josh's and the family's pastor. "She's transparent in that way and I think that's powerful and it's compelling."

Mazella and Steve Dorsey, the Albany Airport Professional Firefighters IAFF Local I-65 President, credit the support for Josh to wife Chelsea's resilience.

"We've received word that people in India have been praying," Mazzella said. "We even received a shoutout from Mark Wahlberg wishing Josh good luck and prayers."

And Josh Woodward's health isn't just pulling strangers from all over the world together. Mazella and Dorsey -- his friend and pastor and fire union president -- just met three days ago, but you'd never know they haven't known each other long. The pair and other friends and family of Josh have been trying to keep spirits high in an ICU waiting room.

"There's moments where we have been in silence because the news that came down was just absolutely bleak," Mazzella said. "We were together in that dark place and then we get great news and together we're sharing it, so we've been sharing this whole journey together."

That dark place shared by Chelsea Woodward Friday on Facebook. Josh's doctors told her he had just a five percent chance of survival.

"These things that are important to him, the fire service, the church and his family -- they're all groups that focus on a community values," Dorsey said. "So all three of those communities are coming together to make this thing much bigger than any of us thought."

It resonates with people because as Josh's illness happened so suddenly and so rapidly. 

"We're not sure of any statistics, how many times this takes place, but this isn't some far-reaching and exotic condition," Dorsey said.

And now with people from all over the world rooting for Josh Woodward's speedy recovery there are two friends, who have also now become friends, just waiting him to recover.

"He's just such a great person, I've seen him grow up, he's become such a great man, a great father, a great husband and a great friend," Mazzella said.

And Dorsey said, being a firefighter isn't what defines Josh Woodward.

"Being a firefighter is what Josh does for a living, I mean, it's part of his heart, but there's a bigger part to Josh, his family, his church, his career and helping people."

Spectrum News reached out to Chelsea Woodward this morning but we haven't heard back just yet. Her latest post says Josh is getting the balloon removed from his heart and that he squeezed her hand.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe for Josh Woodward's medical expenses, and it's raised more than $40,000 in less than 48 hours. Aleysha Eckhert, who set up the fundraiser, tells Spectrum News, "Chelsea said everything is collectively & timely posted on social media and she is happy to be followed for updates."