The Soleil Mother-Child Center at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval was able to acquire a new specialized unit thanks to the $ 3.645 million payment from Operation Enfant Soleil.
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As its 35th Telethon approaches, the organization on Thursday presented the results of its latest campaign.
In total, in 2022, $ 3.862 million was donated to six companies in the Capitale-Nationale region, including the majority of the Center mère-enfant de Québec.
The pediatric hospital will be able to count on a new magnetic resonance device of the Tesla-3 type, which will help to detect and diagnose diseases earlier, including rare syndromes, and thus ensure earlier care of the child.
The amount paid will also help to rebuild the infrastructure that houses this unit and to study the neurological development of newborns at risk.
This kind of investment can make all the difference for families like eight-year-old Charles Bolduc.
Charles Bolduc, 8 years old, from Quebec. The young man suffers from an orphan disease which gives him significant breathing problems. According to his mother, Catherine Gauthier, donations from Operation Enfant Soleil are crucial to the quality of care at the Soleil mother-child center where he is followed.
The boy from Quebec has suffered from an unknown illness since birth, which gives him difficulty breathing, which shows up at intervals, especially at night.
The child spends so much energy breathing that his growth curve shows a delay.
“It’s not at the level of the lungs, but really between the jaw and the throat, let’s say. When he sleeps, it’s as if it sinks and it collapses so the air no longer passes,” testifies his mother Catherine Gauthier.
Charles Bolduc, 8, of Quebec and his mother Catherine Gauthier during the little boy’s recent hospitalization in early May. The young man suffers from an orphan disease which gives him significant breathing problems. According to his mother, donations from Operation Enfant Soleil are crucial to the quality of care at the Soleil mother-child center where he is followed.
The many investigations conducted so far have not provided an answer to the cause of his disorder. The little one is therefore closely monitored by several specialists at the Center mère-enfant Soleil.
“Since I was very young, I gave to Operation Enfant Soleil, even as a teenager, because I thought it was an important issue. I never thought the money would one day be used for one of my own children,” says the mother.
Despite his health problems and the occasional crisis that brings him to the hospital, Charles is doing really well in school and has even started playing hockey.
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“Once your child is hospitalized, connected to machines, and you see the Enfant Soleil logo glued to it, you say to yourself, lucky that it exists and lucky that there are people who give,” points out Ms. Gauthier.
The other establishments assisted this year by the operation are the Institute for Rehabilitation in Physical Deficiency of Quebec ($ 65,193), Maison Lémerveil Suzanne Vachon ($ 12,746), La Malbaie Hospital ($ 37,476), the Birth Center of the Capitale-Nationale ($ 35,794) and the Department of Youth Programs. for CIUSSS in the region ($ 65,183).
Across the province, 116 grants were awarded this year to improve childcare, support families and prevent illness in young people through healthy lifestyles.
Since 1988, $ 75,891,126 has been donated to the Capital Region
The 35th Operation Enfant Soleil Telethon will be presented live on June 5 from the Théâtre Capitole.