The Unique Brunswick government has denied a Quebec man’s query to visit his father in Unique Brunswick whereas his father can level-headed behold him. Beneath rules save in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, if his father’s death was imminent, he would be allowed to visit.
Mike Pitre appropriate wants to examine his dad before his dad does not know who he’s.
“I want to scramble and hug him and exhaust time with him, and I want to hug him — in a length the place he level-headed realizes that he’s hugging his son,” said the Unique Brunswick native who now lives in Gatineau, Que.
His 78-year-stale father, Leonda Pitre, lives in Campbellton, N.B., and was diagnosed with vascular dementia about a year ago.
Leonda’s condition has been deteriorating. Some days, he does not behold his wife, Lucienne. Various days, he gets up to leave for a job he retired from many years ago.
He usually knows his son during their phone calls and recognizes his photo, nonetheless Pitre worries about how powerful longer that will last. He’d love to visit his father one last time before dementia robs them of a chance for a final goodbye.
“I’d desperately love to scramble visit him sometime in the subsequent few weeks before it is too late, and he does not behold me anymore.”
Pitre filed a query with the federal government to visit Unique Brunswick thru upright channels save in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless his application was denied.
If his father’s death was imminent, he would be allowed to visit.
I can force from Gatineau in nine hours to Pointe-à-la-Croix, nonetheless I can’t force the last 5 minutes to accumulate to my parents’ dwelling.– Mike Pitre
According to the province’s internet page, “The Canadian Pink Contaminated has been authorized to approve travel into Unique Brunswick for finish-of-existence visits with an immediate family member.”
These granted permits have to level-headed follow self-isolation guidelines, nonetheless if they “want to attend a funeral, burial or finish-of-existence visit in a hospital, hospice or nursing dwelling prior to completing 14 days of self-isolation, [they] have to first take a look at negative for COVID-19 on the fifth day of self-isolation.”
After a negative result, “you may finest leave your place of self-isolation as required for an finish-of-existence visit or to attend a funeral or burial service in compliance with public health guidelines. In case you would love to visit your family member in dwelling for finish-of-existence visit prior to completing 14 days of self-isolation, strict protocols for these visits shall be offered to you by Pink Contaminated staff.”
Sad and angry
“Apparently the new normal allows me to visit my father on his death mattress or in a coffin nonetheless not whereas there may be a spark of existence level-headed left in him,” Pitre wrote on Facebook.
In an interview with Radio-Canada, he said he’s sad, frustrated and angry.
“I can force from Gatineau in nine hours to Pointe-à-la-Croix, nonetheless I can’t force the last 5 minutes to accumulate to my parents’ dwelling. I don’t understand the good judgment. It appropriate floors me,” he said.
Pointe-à-la-Croix is in eastern Quebec on the Restigouche River, across from Campbellton.
On Thursday, during the Unique Brunswick government’s stay-streamed COVID-19 update, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard was asked about whether or not there may be any way for Pitre to visit his father.
“As of today, I am not thinking that there may be a path, a clear path, right here,” she said.
Shephard encouraged him to notice the technique that’s in place and put up an application, “and I am determined that as quickly as we can make a obvious answer, we can.”
She said it’s “heartbreaking,” nonetheless the foundations are in place to protect the general public.