Martin Riopel has been waiting for months for his kidney transplant, which has been constantly postponed since the start of the pandemic, and the load shedding which is intensifying in hospitals due to the outbreak of COVID cases is of great concern to him.
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“This is not obvious. My life is completely turned upside down, I no longer work. My wife works in the emergency room of a hospital center, she spends her days there and arrives here with a large sick body on the couch. I would like to do more activities with my 15-year-old daughter, but I am burnt all the time, ”he told in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
The 52-year-old man from Montérégie was a military police officer when his health began to deteriorate two years ago. Mr. Riopel now has to undergo hemodialysis treatments three times a week. His transplant was to take place in March 2020.
While transplants from cadaveric donors and pediatric transplants are maintained in hospitals across the province, some transplants from living donors, like the one Martin Riopel expects, are postponed.
“My brother is going to donate a kidney. It is not a small decision and each time, I must say to him: “Denis is canceled”, he apologized.
Analyzes have already delayed Martin Riopel’s transplant this summer, when cancer was suspected. The transplant was finally due to take place over the next few days at a Sherbrooke hospital, but it was still postponed.
Martin Riopel takes the news hard, but holds on. He has also had a thought for healthcare workers on the front lines since the start of the pandemic.
“When I go to the hospital, I tell myself that it won’t hold up, that it will blow up. The staff are burnt, run like chickens with no head, it’s really not easy. If you think it’s a conspiracy [la COVID], show respect for those who work in the health system and the patients who are waiting for transplants, ”implored Martin Riopel.
About 300 kidney transplants took place in 2019 in Quebec, 42 of which were from living donors.