He will eat alone for the first time in 6 years

News 18 March, 2018
  • Photo Amélie St-Yves
    Twice a day, Monique Martel goes to the home of Alain Gaudet for help to feed.

    Amélie St-Yves

    Sunday, 18 march, 2018 01:00

    Sunday, 18 march, 2018 01:00

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    THREE RIVERS, | A man of 45 years with a serious disability, who is fighting to stay in his home will now be able to eat only through a robotic arm, that he could not do in six years.

    Alain Gaudet suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type 3, a degenerative disease that is incurable that leads to the destruction of the muscles. He can talk and move to the tips of the fingers, but the rest of his muscles no longer work.

    Mr. Gaudet committed 12 people who come to help him get out of bed, eating and bathing, to avoid the accommodation Centres, and long-term care (CHSLD).

    On 29 January, it has reached the target of 23 900 $ to stay with him for the next year, thanks to the generosity of more than 120 people.

    The arm Obi

    This budget includes the purchase of the arm Obi, a small gem of a robotic two buttons which will help them to eat alone. This equipment, which is worth 7600 $, may go in search of food in a plate and bring it up to his mouth.

    Gaudet remembers the dinner on 12 October 2012, the first time he could not eat.

    “Trying to take the first bite, my arm has not responded, even if I trying to force myself. I started to cry. I wondered what I was going to stay with me, ” he says.

    His left arm was barely able to manipulate a computer mouse. It has been a hard blow to realize that someone else should now feed.

    The benefit show to Mike the Magnificent has taken shape as a result of this loss of autonomy.

    The fund-raising of Alain Gaudet, combined with the income of the show, is $ 45 000 $ needed to complete its total budget of $ 75,000, because the government gives him 30 000 $. Quebec saves with Alain Gaudet, who stays at home, because it pays on average 82 448 $ per beneficiary in a CHSLD.

    “It is abnormal that either of the donors who allow me to live at home. Being the Capital of the taxation of north america, why it is not able to have quality services ? “, he said.


    He believes that the Journal article published in December on his campaign was reflected in donations. It has also been able to count on an interview with the host of radio X, Jeff Fillion, like every year. Fillion has been one of the first to take an interest in its history, 12 years ago.

    “I am not ashamed to say that it was him that put me in the world. My fund-raising were all small, but as soon as Jeff was interested in my story, it has become interesting, ” he says.