Fears erased

News 1 October, 2017
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    Initially very timid and reluctant, Marie-Ève Nolet no longer has the same speech after having attended to the last minutes of life of his grand-father.

    Jean-François Racine

    Sunday, 1 October 2017 00:00

    Sunday, 1 October 2017 00:00

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    Present at the death of his grand-father, Marie-Ève Nolet no longer has the same perception of the medical assistance to die after having lived these last few minutes that she feared a lot.

    “I didn’t want to go. I was freaking out. I saw it a bit barbaric. You’re going to attend the death of someone you love, ” admits candidly Marie-Ève Nolet, who has accompanied his grandfather 85 years ago on February 18, 2017.

    The young woman quickly understood that the decision had been carefully considered.

    “It was someone very informed. The cancer was widespread. There was more to life. He was in his chair and he waited to die. He was suffering and he no longer had quality of life. “

    A doctor perfect

    At the Hôpital Saint-François d’assise, the doctor of palliative care has been perfect, according to the testimony of the family.

    Despite this, Marie-Eve has never thought for a single second that his grandfather had prepared everything to the smallest detail. The time was advanced to 48 hours because his condition was deteriorating rapidly and that informed consent is necessary.

    “I knew coming out of the elevator. Less than two hours later, it was finished. It would not have been able to benefit from medical aid, if we had waited too long “, she adds.

    Subsequently, all the words and gestures have succeeded one another peacefully.

    “He took the time to speak to us in turn. Everyone was around him, he held hand. When he left, he listened to its song. At the end of the piece, it was his last breath. It was good and that’s what he wanted. It was smooth, in a few minutes. “

    With dignity

    A few months later, Marie-Eve realizes that without this valuable assistance, the octogenarian would have been living a slow agony of unnecessary and painful for all.

    “After the fact, I understand that dying with dignity, it is true. Of course, that the law is too restrictive. People with multiple sclerosis have to relocate to get help. It is a debate without end. “