Eight months after the death of a 4-year-old girl that was taken away shortly after contracting COVID-19her mother returns to the circumstances of the tragedy to denounce the lack of a bra she experienced when she left the hospital.
Little Lexie Allison lost her life barely 24 hours after being admitted to intensive care at CHUL on January 17.
It was fulminant myocarditis, an inflammation of the muscle tissue of the heart leading to tissue death, which got the better of the little girl.
If I believed at first that the COVID-19, which she was carrying, was the sole responsible for this tragedy, other factors could however have been taken into account according to the coroner in the file. Lexie was also infected with an adenovirus and a metapneumovirus.
“If this myocarditis is most probably of viral origin, there is nothing to confirm it or even to specify the virus or viruses potentially responsible for this pathology”, specifies the Dr Jean-Marc Picard, in his recently submitted report.
The mother of the child took advantage of the dissemination of the document in the last few days to denounce the lack of arms obtained following the tragedy.
When her daughter had just died, she was simply told to go home.
“We were left to ourselves, completely lost. It doesn’t make sense to have had to return home in the state we were in,’ laments Joanie Patry, who is waiting as the only comforter for a box with her daughter’s personal effects and a duvet of hair.
According to him, the hospital would have told him that there was no social worker available on site since the incident occurred in the middle of the night.
“What would it have been like to at least give us leaflets for accessible resources, tell us how to explain the situation to our children or call us for someone to help us through the crisis? “, Plague the mother of the family.
Impact on healing
It’s been eight months since little Lexie breathed her last, a fate that her parents face one day at a time.
Although mourning is always difficult to live with, Ms.me Patry agreed to open up to Log in the hope that other parents don’t have to go through what she went through.
“Personally, it had a big impact on my healing, I was very angry at the way we were treated,” he concludes.
Refusing to comment on this case, the CHU de Québec tout indicated that when a death occurs at night, “the bereaved are taken care of by the clinical team which is able to intervene adequately”.
A social worker must then take over to assess needs, intervene and direct people to organizations offering appropriate services.