Outpouring of support for Quebec father who needs life-saving care

For now Montrealer Richard Lemieux is relying on volunteers in the community like Jessie Charlebois (pictured with him here on March 24, 2015), to get him to the hospital for his dialysis treatment. Anne Leclair/Global News

MONTREAL – An online crowdfunding campaign has been started for a single father from Ile-Perrot who has been left to find his own way to hospital for life-saving treatment.

On Wednesday, Global News met with Richard Lemieux, who was born with severe physical disabilities and now suffers from full kidney failure due to diabetes.

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Lemieux’s world was turned upside down earlier this month when his adapted transportation service from home to the hospital was cut off without warning.

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After hearing about his plight, many Montrealers reached out, wondering how they could help. It led to an outpouring of support online and in his community.

The single father was breathing a little easier on Thursday after a prominent lawyer stepped forward to help him fight for access to treatment.

Lemieux needs to get dialysis three times a week at the Lakeshore General Hospital but his adapted transportation was cancelled without warning in March.

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He can’t afford to pay for the service, and he can’t work because he’s in full kidney failure.

His teenage daughter has set up a crowdfunding site to hopefully help secure transportation and better adapt his home, as his health is quickly deteriorating.  To find out more, click here.

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