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Surviving H1N1

Even doctors weren't sure he would make it: For five weeks, Zack Irwin was fighting to live

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Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 12:00 am

A couple of weeks before Christmas, Zack Irwin got what seemed like a normal head cold. When he got worse and couldn't breathe, he went to Lodi Urgent Care, where he was given antibiotics for pneumonia.

Two days later, the 27-year-old law school student was in a medically induced coma at Lodi Memorial Hospital, unknowingly fighting for his life against H1N1, which was initially called swine flu.

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