LA RÉ­GION PLEURE LE DÉ­PART DE JO­NA­THAN PITRE

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - ALEXIA MARSILLO alexia.marsillo@eap.on.ca

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).

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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.

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