Health & Wellness

Chatham Transplant Patient Thanks his "Angels" at the Chatham Emergency Squad

EMS members Dave Elliott, Tom Patterson, Jim Martin and Tim Brown, Captain Connie Hartman accepts plaque from Josh and his mother Credits: Chatham Emergency Squad

CHATHAM, NJ - Josh Fernandez, a 7th grader at St. Patrick's School, visited the Chatham Emergency Squad on Thursday to thank them for an urgent ride he received from them last May.

Fernandez received a special ride to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last May for life-saving lung transplant.

Chatham Emergency Squad welcomed Fernandez and his mother to their November business meeting on Thursday.

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From an early age, Fernandez suffered from different lung conditions including, most recently, a rare, life-threatening condition called bronchiolitis obliterans. When he turned 12, he became eligible for placement on a transplant list to receive adult lungs and received the call on May 27th.

Because the weather precluded a helicopter transport, Chatham Emergency Squad was called into service to drive Josh and his mother in an ambulance to Philadelphia. With the help of the Chatham Borough Police Department and the State Police from New Jersey and Pennsylvania as escorts, Josh made it within the two hour deadline and received the surgery he so desperately needed.

In the letter of thanks that his mother, Claudia Fernandez, read on Thursday, she invited the squad to come to St. Pat's to watch Josh play basketball for which she and he received a rousing round of applause.

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