She had dreamed of it all her life. A few hours before receiving medical aid in dying, Sunday evening, Matanaise Caroline Gauthier received videos from three members of the Backstreet Boys, who addressed her personally to highlight her courage.
Caroline Gauthier had moved Quebec by telling her story to Gino Chouinard, to Hi hello !, January 29. The young woman of barely 35 years old, suffering from incurable breast cancer, had chosen to end her suffering this Sunday, thanks to medical assistance in dying.
On the show, the host made him play the music video I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys, great idols who “have always had a place in [sa] life, ”she confided.
His moving, resilient and courageous testimony reached the artistic sphere. Several people on Twitter, among others, challenged the group with their story.
But a cultural press attaché, Narimane Doumandji, had the idea of asking Sonia Benezra for help, knowing that the host had kept a very close link with the members of the group, after having contributed to the development. of their career in Quebec in the early 1990s. Time was running out: it was Friday evening.
The host directly emailed Howie Dorough and his manager, who said they were touched by Caroline Gauthier’s story. “He agreed immediately” to record a video for him, says Sonia Benezra, on the other end of the phone.
Just in time
Eventually, Howie convinced his colleagues Kevin Richardson and AJ McLean to do the same. The result: a few hours before leaving, the videos reached Caroline’s phone just in time.
“I’m so sorry you had to make this decision,” Kevin Richardson told her. I understand what you are going through. My dad passed away in 1991 (after a battle with cancer) and I lost a best friend of mine last week. I send you love, light, positive energies. I know there is something beyond this dimension. God bless you. See you on the other side. ”
“All my life, I’ve dreamed of that,” dropped the young woman, in tears, in a video relayed on social networks.
“Shaken”, but “happy”
At the other end of the phone on Monday, Sonia Benezra said she was shaken by the departure of Caroline Gauthier, but happy to have been able to bring her this immense joy.
“I did what my heart told me to do, and they were the ones who answered the call. […] They don’t forget their fans and find it great. ”
“I’m so happy for her, but I really feel sorry,” she added. It was his last big dream. To be able to offer it to her, and for her to be fulfilled by something so simple – but not obvious – is a lesson for everyone. […] I would have preferred to offer him a miracle, but it is not in our hands. “
Sunday evening, it is with a song of the group that she left for her last trip. “It is surrounded by love, peaceful, hand in hand with her dad and rocked by the music of the BSBs that our heroine was, very gently, to join her mom. Remember, magic exists when you believe it! »Could be read on his Facebook page on Monday morning.