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Christopher (David Eigenberg) and Cindy (Robyn Coffin) Herrmann have historically been one of Chicago Fire's favorite couples. They're a rock-solid pair, great parents, and have a love for each other that's palpable. However, Season 11, Episode 11 of the show (which aired January 11) threw a curveball at the twosome that may be the hardest thing they've dealt with thus far. And fans are rightfully concerned.
The episode started off innocuous enough: Cindy was home sick in bed with a cough, but nothing seemed severe. Christopher told her to keep resting and that he would mind the kids. Thankfully, Cindy tested negative for COVID, but when her cough persisted, Christopher decided to make an appointment to get to the bottom of things.
To rule out all possibilities, the doctor opted to give Cindy a CT scan. By the end of the episode, we knew the diagnosis: The cough Cindy was experiencing was actually a symptom of lung cancer.
That news, understandably, punched both Cindy and Christopher in the gut. "You gotta go check that again," Christopher told the doctor. "That can't be right because Cindy here has never smoked a cigarette in her life. And I'm a firefighter. I go into smoke and chemicals all day. I'm the one that's supposed to get lung cancer. Not her."
"I'm afraid it doesn't always work that way," the doctor replied to Christopher, while Cindy asked, "What does it mean? What do we do next?"
"Are you sure about this?" Christopher winced to the doctor, sounding more panicked. "It doesn't sound like you're sure."
"I'm sure, Mr. Herrmann," the doctor said before telling the couple the next steps: "I'd like to schedule a surgery for as soon as possible."
News like that is never easy to hear. In fact, it's arguably the worst news you can ever receive. But what does this mean for Cindy? What will happen to her? Is she going to be OK?
Does Cindy die in Chicago Fire?
This is, naturally, the question on all fans' minds after watching Season 11, Episode 11. And the unfortunate news is viewers don't know right now. We'll have to see how Cindy's lung cancer storyline unfolds over the next few episodes. One thing is certain: No matter what, all of Firehouse 51 will help the Herrmanns through this difficult time.
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