SEATTLE — Grays Harbor County Commissioner Herb Welch remains hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center, but a hospital spokesperson says he’s showing signs of improvement.
Welch’s medical condition was upgraded to “satisfactory” condition and as of Monday evening, he was no longer in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. Just a few days ago, Welch was still in the ICU and had been listed in “serious” condition.
“I think Herb’s finally taking a turn for the better,” Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon said. “But he still needs our prayers. What this says to us is that he’s a fighter and he’s fought back many times and he’s not going down on this one.”
Welch was first admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center on June 19, after doctors at Grays Harbor Community Hospital found problems with his aorta, according to friends and family. He immediately had issues with his blood pressure and needed to be sedated. At one point, he even needed a machine to help him breathe.
Welch looked to be improving health-wise since he was first diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in May of 2010. Just a few weeks ago, Welch said he was feeling great and had quit chemotherapy with a doctor’s blessing.
On Monday, Gordon and fellow Commissioner Wes Cormier divided up Welch’s committee assignments to make sure nothing falls through the cracks during his absence.