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The household of a Quebec man caught in Mexico is looking for solutions after they are saying he obtained medical clearance to journey after which found his cancer had returned whereas on trip.

Laurent Bigras and Antonieta Chavez headed to Cancun for a getaway with their two kids in early March when it rapidly took an surprising and costly flip.

“Our life modified from in the future to a different,” Chavez mentioned.

Earlier than their journey, Chavez says her husband had just lately began experiencing again ache.

Bigras had been identified with lymphoma in October 2020 and underwent chemotherapy at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur Hospital till February 2021 – he was in remission.

Bigras had progressively began working once more in January 2022 and the again ache began within the winter. He visited the identical hospital’s emergency room greater than as soon as and made follow-up appointments, in line with his spouse.

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Chavez says her husband’s blood checks and different exams didn’t elevate any purple flags on the time. He additionally didn’t produce other signs like the load loss and sweating he skilled when he was first identified with most cancers.

Bigras was given anti-inflammatories to ease the ache. Chavez mentioned the medical staff surmised the difficulty was muscle ache on the time — even when he returned to the ER with aches.

“He took appointments with physiotherapists, even with a therapeutic massage therapist, attempting to get higher,” Chavez mentioned.

In truth, Chavez says her husband visited his household physician and talked about their upcoming journey. Bigras was instructed the holiday could be good for him, she mentioned.

“He was in ache, nevertheless it was up and down,” Chavez mentioned.


Laurent Bigras and his spouse Antonieta Chavez on trip with their two kids.


Submitted by Antonieta Chavez

She mentioned the household of 4 went on trip to Cancun for every week in March and the again ache was manageable till the final day. As they have been heading again to Montreal, Chavez mentioned the aches grew to become so intense on their first flight that Bigras was unable to stroll or eat.

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“Even the children have been like ‘Oh mother, he’s actually in ache,’” Chavez mentioned.

The household needed to take Bigras to the emergency room throughout their switch in Mexico City, the place he stayed for the weekend and needed to be handled with morphine. They obtained remedy to have the ability to management the ache and he was discharged on Sunday, with the hopes of heading residence.

The following day, Chavez says, her husband had to return to the emergency room at Hospital Español. His ache wasn’t enhancing, even with excessive doses of remedy.

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The youngsters stayed with Chavez’s dad who lives in Mexico whereas Bigras was readmitted and medical doctors determined they should know what should be blamed for the ache.

After an X-ray, the medical staff at Hospital Español proceeded with an MRI. The physician confirmed Chavez a photograph of a large tumor in her husband’s again.

“He (the physician) mentioned ‘I don’t even know the way he’s in a position to stand,’” Chavez mentioned. “This can be a tumor of virtually 40 centimetres. That’s why the ache is so arduous.”

Afterward, a biopsy of the tumor confirmed the lymphoma was again. Along with his delicate well being, Bigras hasn’t been in a position to depart the hospital.

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Because the hospital keep was prolonged, Chavez needed to make the tough resolution to stick with her husband and to ship their kids again residence so they might attend college. They’re at the moment residing together with her sister in Laval.

Silvia Haidee, Chavez’s sister, mentioned it has been a “arduous time” for the entire household — particularly the children.

“They know he’s sick,” she mentioned. “However, for certain for them, it’s complicated why their father is in Mexico as a substitute of right here.”

Within the meantime, Chavez expects her husband to be within the hospital for no less than one other week if all goes nicely.

What the household is looking for now’s why Bigras’ most cancers wasn’t allegedly caught by medical doctors at Sacré-Cœur Hospital in Montreal after he repeatedly complained about feeling unwell.

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“In Mexico, with one check they found what occurred with him,” Haidee mentioned.

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The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’île-de-Montréal, the well being authority which oversees the hospital, mentioned in an announcement that it can’t touch upon the affected person’s file citing confidentiality.

However well being authority did “strongly suggest” that Bigras contact its grievance commissioner.

In the meantime, the monetary prices for the household are mounting. Their insurance coverage has been in a position to cowl a big portion of medical bills — about $40,000. They began a fundraiser to assist since they now owe $12,000 out of their very own pocket and that quantity is rising.

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