FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A friend of a Fort St. John resident who had passed away from COVID-19 is looking to raise funds for his family.

Organizer of the GoFundMe page, Chelsy Southwick, originally created the fundraiser to help Stacy Petuh’s family financially while he was in hospital.

Unfortunately, Petuh passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton on September 16th.

Petuh was admitted to the Fort St. John hospital on September 4th with a positive COVID-19 result. According to Southwick, Petuh stayed the night as the doctor wanted to monitor him closely for a few days. The next day he was transferred to the Inpatient Unit.

Southwick says Petuh’s condition worsened to the point of struggling to breathe and keep his oxygen levels up.

He was transferred to Edmonton two days after being admitted in FSJ.

Petuh was on a ventilator and heavily sedated with his younger sister Shae by his side until he passed away, according to Southwick.

Over $4,000 has been raised out of a goal of $10,000.