A heart-breaking letter from a father in Sainte-Julie so that his four-year-old daughter can visit her dying little brother has moved the Minister of Health, who should allow a relaxation of the rules for humanitarian reasons.
In a heartbreaking letter shared many times on social networks, Étienne Potvin-Albert addresses his daughter, whom he nicknames “Little butterfly”, to explain to her why she cannot see her little brother, whom he calls “Little lion”.
Just one day after arriving home when he was born, the toddler had to return to the hospital with a serious medical condition requiring a liver transplant. Since then, his sister has only been able to see him twice in nine months, due to the pandemic and health instructions.
“I was recommended that you be present at the hospital for visits along with other family members. Mourning begins before the day of death […], young children like you do not yet have all the skills necessary to understand what death is. Having access to the physical presence of your sick little brother would make it possible to make things happen, to see the reality, but also to promote the development of your perception and the experience of your mourning ”, we can read in the letter.
The family must indeed prepare for the death of “Little lion”, because the transplant is unfortunately no longer possible because of the too advanced stage of the disease.
“I had to find the words to explain to you that your brother was going to die, my butterfly. That his heart would stop beating, his lungs would stop breathing, his eyes would stop looking … ”he also wrote.
Despite the many steps, the parents of the toddler encountered repeated refusals from Sainte-Justine Hospital.
In light of this sad story, the Minister of Health asked the Sainte-Justine University Hospital to find a way to reunite the family. Christian Dubé was very touched by the letter from Mr. Potvin-Albert.
“Faced with this heartbreaking situation, he asked the CHU Sainte-Justine teams to find a passageway so that the girl could visit her little brother during these difficult times. Despite the fact that it remains excessively important to keep sanitary measures in place in our health establishments, we must show humanity, especially for our little ones, ”indicates his spokesperson, Marjaurie Côté-Boileau.
Despite the approval of the minister’s office, the family was still in limbo at the end of the day on Thursday. Joined by The newspaper, the father was awaiting a return from the hospital. He admitted to being moved by the reactions obtained following the publication of his story. Very cautious in his comments, he hopes that the dispute will be resolved in the coming hours.
“We are happy with the evolution and hope that the solutions to come will allow my daughter to get to know her brother better,” said Étienne Potvin-Albert.