A Joliette father, who may have been immunocompromised without knowing it, fell into a coma a few weeks earlier despite his three doses of the vaccine after contracting COVID-19.
“It’s really one day at a time, one hour at a time. We can’t yet say what will be done tomorrow,” Nancy Lebeau sighs in an interview with diary.
Like her, her spouse Nicolas Chicoine was declared positive for COVID-19 in late January. But unlike the 47-year-old, her cough and breathing difficulties got worse over time.
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The couple have been together for 22 years and have three children.
In one month, the forty-year-old had to go to the emergency room four times. He was initially diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia before deciding to contract viral pneumonia a week later.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Joliette Hospital on March 9 when no treatment seemed to be working. Barely five days later, Mr. Chicoine, in poor condition, was finally intubated and put into a coma to help him fight the disease.
“It went downhill so quickly. He’s always been an active, fit man, it’s hard to see him like that…” laments Mme The beautiful.
Experts find it difficult to understand how the situation could have spiraled out of control in this way. The man apparently had no previous health problems.
But a hypothesis emerged when a mass was spotted near his heart. Mr. Chicoine could have Good’s Syndrome.
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Now that her spouse is out of the coma, Ms. Lebeau tries to talk to him if possible, using an erasable tablet through her bedroom window.
This is a very rare condition that can occur when thymomas form, tumors that grow on an intrathoracic organ called the thymus and severely weaken the immune system.
This could explain why the 46-year-old man has not developed antibodies against COVID-19 despite being vaccinated three times. However, the examinations required for this could not be carried out due to his state of health.
However, Nancy Lebeau wants to focus on the recovery of her lover of the past 22 years, with whom she has three children.
Since her transfer to the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal on March 14, she visits him daily behind a bay window to avoid contagion from one to another.
The family man awoke from the coma a few days ago, which allowed for some exchanges via video conference or with an erasable board through a window. But the man can’t speak because of his tracheotomy, and the sedatives make him confused.
“His breathing is still critical but there is progress every day. He’ll get out of there quietly,” says Mme Lebeau, who emphasizes that the pandemic is not over yet.
A resurgence of COVID-19 has also been observed in Quebec in recent days. 4,401 new cases and 47 more hospital admissions were reported on Tuesday.
A family friend has started a fundraiser on the Go Fund Me platform so those close to Mr Chicoine can join him in his recovery.
- This is an immune deficiency that occurs when a thymoma, a tumor of the intrathoracic organ of the immune system called the thymus, develops.
- Often accompanied by bronchopulmonary or rhinosinusoidal infections.
- Represents 5% of thymus-associated syndromes.
- First reported by Robert Good in 1954.
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information