Flu Kills 26-Year-Old Montgomery Co. Man - Fox 2 News Headlines

Flu Kills 26-Year-Old Montgomery Co. Man

Posted: Updated:
Andrew Pogoda thought he had caught a cold but later died of the flu. Pogoda died less than a week after he fell ill. Andrew Pogoda thought he had caught a cold but later died of the flu. Pogoda died less than a week after he fell ill.

If you're still not taking the current flu outbreak seriously and haven't been vaccinated yet, this next story might change your mind.  A young man from Montgomery County died from the flu, less than a week after he fell ill.

The Pogoda family of Lansdale is an especially tight-knit family.  Andrew Pogoda and his older sister, both adults, still lived with their parents, and celebrated Christmas together last month.  Four days later, on December 29th, Andrew Pogoda caught what he thought was a cold.

Pogoda's sister Justyna told Fox 29 no one was especially worried.  "He was sick, but he was still walking around doing things, you know.  And then on Tuesday, it was on Monday or Tuesday, he literally did not get out of bed, so we knew he was sick, but reading about the flu, since it was the flu, what do you do?  You sit at home," Justyna Pogoda explained.

Her brother did not have health insurance, so he didn't go to the doctor right away.  "When he started to wheeze, I'm like, maybe you should go to the emergency," Justyna said she told her brother.  "He's like, I'll be okay, I can wait another day."  So he did.  

But by the next day, when Pogoda finally made it to the hospital, his condition had deteriorated badly.  His heart had stopped, but doctors managed to revive him.  In a final bid to save his life, crews transferred him by helicopter to a larger hospital.

"He literally got off the roof and then he went into shock again," Justyna Pogoda explained.  "And then they started doing CPR again, they just couldn't.  His blood turned into acid, they said they couldn't save him."

That was on January third, five days after Andrew Pogoda fell ill.  He was only 26 years old.  Pogoda did have asthma, a condition experts say put him at higher risk when he caught the flu.  But he never got vaccinated.  "He didn't like getting shots," Justyna Pogoda said.  "He just thought, whatever happens, happens."

No one knows whether a vaccine could have saved his life.  A Montgomery County health official told Fox 29 a flu shot would have protected him against 90 percent of the flu bugs present in the county.  But no flu vaccine is perfect.

Pogoda's sister does have this advice for the rest of us:  "Go to the doctor as soon as you feel sick," Justyna Pogoda advised.  "His last Facebook post was, I feel like I'm going to die.  That was his last Facebook post.  He was that sick."

  • FOX 29 Health FeaturesMore>>

  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:27:40 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
  • Dr. Mike: Canned Tuna Warning For Pregnant Women

    Dr. Mike: Canned Tuna Warning For Pregnant Women

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:30:23 GMT

    Expectant mothers, think it's OK to eat canned tuna? Well, think again! Dr. Mike explains why it may actually be more dangerous than fresh fish.

    Expectant mothers, think it's OK to eat canned tuna? Well, think again! Dr. Mike explains why it may actually be more dangerous than fresh fish.


  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Police: Man kills wife, wounds self at New Jersey hospital

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:45:20 GMT
    Authorities say a man shot his wife and himself at a hospital in southern New Jersey.Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin says both are alive and being treated.
    Authorities say a man shot his wife and himself at a hospital in southern New Jersey.Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin says both are alive and being treated.
  • Girl set to testify in Bryant School school abduction

    Girl set to testify in Bryant School school abduction

    A now 7-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted could testify Wednesday in the trial of a former day care worker.
    A now 7-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted could testify Wednesday in the trial of a former day care worker.
  • Man Robs Olney Dunkin Donuts After Asking For Cup of Coffee

    Man Robs Olney Dunkin Donuts After Asking For Cup of Coffee

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:46:10 GMT
    Police are looking for a man who robbed a Dunkin Donuts in Olney.This happened on August 21 at 8:12 pm while employees were working inside the store located at 5401 North 5th Street. 
    Police are looking for a man who robbed a Dunkin Donuts in Olney.This happened on August 21 at 8:12 pm while employees were working inside the store located at 5401 North 5th Street. 
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices