Fundraisers are being organized to help the family of Oscar Anibal Rodriguez, this patient care worker who recently died of COVID-19, to repatriate his ashes to Argentina.
In the last few days, two fundraisers have been launched online on the platform GoFundMe and on Facebook.
In total, the two initiatives raised more than $ 3,500. The money will be used, among other things, to repatriate the property and the body of the 58-year-old man, who died alone in his apartment on January 2.
Originally from Buenos Aires, the beneficiary attendant had been working at the CHSLD Saint-Antoine for a few months because he had recently accepted to answer the call of the Prime Minister, François Legault.
He was in isolation after contracting the virus shortly before Christmas.
It was also one of her colleagues, Julie Chantal, “very touched” by the drama, who launched the initiative on the GoFundMe platform.
“The fact that he died alone shocked me, especially since he was someone who had just arrived to lend a hand. I tried to put myself in the shoes of the family, which is far away and helpless, ”she says.
Another initiative, this one on Facebook, has so far raised more than $ 1,200 thanks to some 30 donors, while the goal is set at $ 10,000.
According to the instigator, the money will also be used to organize Mr. Rodriguez’s funeral, “ […] in order to make a contribution to a worthy funeral and to support her elderly father in his immense grief. Oscar was an adorable being, he had decided to help the most vulnerable, he was infinitely sweet. He took care of us, we in turn took care of him ”, we can read.
The nursing staff of the CHSLD Saint-Antoine was also to organize a march in his honor last Saturday, but recent more stringent health measures forced him to cancel the event.
Flowers and lanterns have thus been installed at the entrance of the establishment, to pay him a last tribute.
Recall that it was at the CHSLD Saint-Antoine that the COVID-19 vaccination operation in Quebec began, when an outbreak erupted there simultaneously.
According to the latest figures, 84 patients and 93 CHSLD employees are currently infected. Thirty users have died.