LA RÉGION PLEURE LE DÉPART DE JONATHAN PITRE
An outpouring of condolences, thoughts and prayers have been seen across the region after the passing of Russell’s Jonathan Pitre, known as the Butterfly Child, last Wednesday at the age of 17.
Over the years, Pitre became the face of Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disease he was diagnosed with as a newborn in July 2000. As he grew older, he became dedicated to sharing his story worldwide and raised money for the EB charity, DEBRA Canada.
“I think Jonathan lleaves a legacy of inspiration and the thought of never giving up,” Leroux said. “He was a young man who always had a smile on his face. I have been a comic book fan most of my life, and Jonathan and his mother are the closest thing I’ve ever seen to real superheroes.” Russell Township has lost a valiant member of its community, noted the mayor, and everyone mourns with the Pitre family.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Jonathan Pitre died last Wednesday evening, April 4, in a Minnesota hospital, after complications from septic shock. Pitre entered the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital last Friday, when he spiked a fever. He had been on antibiotics for three weeks battling a skin infection. Pitre underwent a stem cell transplant almost a year ago and had been in and out of the hospital with fever and infections since.By Monday, Pitre’s health had deteriorated significantly. He died at 8:28 p.m. on Wednesday night.
The community is invited to sign the books of condolences located at Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame, Embrun). the Russell Public Library ( 1053 Concession, Russell) and the Embrun Public Library ( 1215 St Augustin, Embrun).
Un flot de condoléances, de pensées et de prières s’est propagé à travers la région après le décès de Jonathan Pitre de Russell, surnommé l’Enfant papillon, mercredi dernier à l’âge de 17 ans. Au fil des ans, Jonathan Pitre est devenu le visage de l’épidermolyse bulleuse (EB), une maladie génétique rare dont il a été diagnostiqué en tant que nouveau-né en juillet 2000.