EXCLUSIVE: Single father desperate for medical care at MUHC Glen Site
UPDATE: Just a few hours after Global News covered Richard Lemieux’s story, he was contacted by the MUHC to say that a bed had opened up.
“The Glen super hospital saw the report…[they] invited me, and not just for the day, but they want me to stay,” he said via text.
The procedure has been complete and he is now in recovery.
“He got brand new tubes in his gallbladder and in his liver as well, probably going to drain it for three weeks, then they’ll most likely remove it,” said his daughter Sydney.
The dialysis patient has a toxic ulcer in his gallbladder, but before doctors can remove it, they need to drain it.
He’s currently on a waiting list to be transferred to the MUHC’s new super hospital to have the complex procedure done.
He said doctors told him there are no available beds.
The Lakeshore General Hospital refused Global News’ request for an interview, citing patient confidentiality.
The MUHC admitted that many patients are currently taking up beds because there are no longterm care facilities to transfer them to.
While Lemieux has been hospitalized at the Lakeshore for two weeks, the MUHC claimed he was only put on their waiting list two days ago.
Global News first met Lemieux in March 2015 when his adapted transportation service from home to Lakeshore General Hospital was cut off without warning.
He was born with severe physical disabilities and suffers from full kidney failure due to diabetes, needing dialysis three times a week.
WATCH: Richard Lemieux fights for treatment
“At the end of the day, it’s the government, the Health Minister throwing me out of the system,” Lemieux told Global News from his hospital bed.
The Île-Perrot resident insisted he’s getting top notch care at the Lakeshore, but he worries he could die without the procedure.
“I can’t wait much longer, the ulcer is growing into my liver and bleeding into my stomach,” he said.
Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette criticized the MUHC in December for not respecting the number of beds agreed upon in 2007.
At the time, Barrette had said at least 32 patients at the MUHC needed to be transferred to long-term facilities.
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Timeline Richard Lemieux
Richard Lemieux finally received the life-saving procedure he needed at the MUHC, less than 24 hours after Global News covered his story. Read
Richard Lemieux has a toxic ulcer in his gallbladder but before doctors can remove it, they need to drain it - but there are no available beds at the MUHC super hospital. Read
Richard Lemieux, the single father with dialysis, is still fighting for transportation to his treatments. Read
The Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire has finally agreed to restore transportation for a disabled patient who needs lifesaving treatment three times a week. Read
There has been an outpouring of support to help get Richard Lemieux access to lifesaving treatment, but not from the Lakeshore General Hospital or the Quebec government. Read
After an outpouring of support, a crowdfunding site has been set up to help a single father in Ile-Perrot get access lifesaving treatment. Read
Richard Lemieux’s world was turned upside down when his adapted transportation service from home to the hospital was cut off without warning. Read