The coroner's office launches a public inquiry into the death of Amélie Champagne

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The coroner’s office launches a public inquiry into the death of Amélie Champagne

A public inquiry will be held to determine what were the flaws in the system.

Quebec Chief Coroner Pascale Descary orders a public inquiry to shed light on the death of& #x27;Amelie Champagne. The 22-year-old took her own life on September 11 after a stay at Hôtel-Dieu in Sherbrooke, where she had been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. /p>

Me Pascale Descary underlines for her part that this aims to shed light on the cause and circumstances of the death of the young woman. More specifically, the hearings will allow anyone of interest to express themselves concerning the circumstances of this death in order to analyze the contributing factors, with a view to proposing possible solutions for a better protection of human life.

Coroner Julie-Kim Godin will preside over this inquest. The office of the Minister for Health and Social Services has also confirmed that this investigation will take place to understand the flaws in the system.

By press release, the CIUSSS de l'Estrie – CHUS explained that, like the other establishments involved in the care trajectory, [it] will offer its full cooperation to the coroner's public inquiry. In context, we will not comment on this case in order to respect confidentiality and the investigation process.

The CIUSSS also underlined that it offered its most sincere condolences to the family and that it welcomed anything that could contribute to the collective reflection on the issues related to the problem of mental health, in the region and everywhere in Quebec.

The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec François Legault also mentioned that he found the situation heartbreaking and sad. Mental health, for a long time, has been the neglected sector of the health sector. We want people to be welcomed when people have problems like that. We have to see what happened in this case. […] We need more psychologists, but we have to train them. It's clear that we need to add staff.

Her father Alain Champagne had posted a lengthy message on LinkedIn explaining that his daughter had suffered from Lyme-related symptoms for years and wandered the medical system for a long time before getting a diagnosis. Despite recently initiated treatments, he points out that the disease would have caused several physical and cerebral symptoms, going so far as to hack his body.

ICI Estrie attempted to contact Alain Champagne for an interview. He declined our request. In an interview Tuesday morning at Paul Arcand, at 98.5, Alain Champagne however explained that his daughter would have had significant sleep disorders, auditory hallucinations, and that her personality would have changed in recent weeks. Despite the situation which would have deteriorated, the doctors would not have called her back, her father maintains. She allegedly made suicidal remarks, but also failed to get help in Montreal.

Amélie Champagne took her own life after a stay at the Hôtel-Dieu in Sherbrooke. She suffered from strong symptoms related to Lyme disease.

It would be following a suicide attempt at the family chalet in Estrie that the young woman would have been hospitalized at the Hôtel-Dieu. On the spot, she would have been put under observation for three days and two nights on a stretcher, in the corridor. The workers allegedly told the family that she could not be treated in Sherbrooke because she does not live in the region, and that she had to be transferred to Notre-Dame Hospital. Lady.

We have a somewhat surreal discussion with the speakers there. We are told at first that the transfer to [Hôpital] Notre-Dame will obviously take several days. There is no capacity, there is no room. And in this context, unfortunately, Amélie also expressed the desire that she wanted to leave the emergency room. According to [the responders], the situation has stabilized and that she does not pose an immediate danger to herself.

The family would be came to pick up the young woman to bring her home. She took her own life shortly afterwards.

Dr. Amid Kadir, infectiologist-microbiologist at Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital, explained on RDI that doctors in regions affected by the infection, such as Estrie and Montérégie, recognize and treat the disease appropriately. Most people will be cured with antibiotics. But we think that despite [the drugs], there are about 12 to 13% of people who will have prolonged sequelae, he explains.

These problems sometimes become so severe that it becomes impossible to go about one's simple occupations, even of daily life, hence the despair. Especially since sometimes some responders may not recognize this, may deny it or have a condescending approach, which can add to the desperation of some patients, he adds.

If you are thinking of suicide or if you are worried about a loved one, workers are available to help you anywhere in Quebec 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Telephone: 1 866 CALL (277-3553)
  • Text: 1 855 957 5353
  • Chat, information and tools: www.suicide .ca
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