“I knew that within the hour I would on my way to getting better or within days I would be dead.”
While his brother’s blood formula gave Brock his second chance, it also bought him the time required to build a brand new immune system which Doctor Roy said could take up to 5 years. While complaining about Québec’s Medicare has become something of a national sport, Brock has nothing but good things to say about the working professionals at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital. This hard-core civil litigation lawyer still chokes up when he remembers the fifth floor nurses in the hospital where Denis Claude Roy saved his life. When he was so sick he could only suck on ice chips for a bit of water, he recalls sick and lonely nights when the nurse on the night shift would come in to hold his hand and tell him not to worry because he would soon be getting better.
“They’re angels,” he said, “…and I’ll never forget them.”
While Brock is working hard to raise an easy $5 million for further research in blood-borne cancers, the hospital also requires funds for their new research and development facilities. While the facility’s original budget was expected to reach $10 million, the success of Doctor Roy’s research and several new development initiatives have forced hospital authorities to reconsider their project. Jean-Claude Baudinet, the PDG (Président-Directeur Général) of the hospital’s own foundation said the hospital shouldn’t have any trouble raising the $20 million now required for their new research complex. Baudinet knows what’s at stake because his wife owes her life to Roy’s applied research and therapy.
“The first few days are the worst,” he said, “…because you don’t know if the transplant is working, but even a day makes a difference when you know you’re getting better.”
Baudinet, a successful Montreal businessman, knew he had to do something for the hospital after watching his wife playing golf just one month after she received her transplant. Not only is he doing what he can for the hospital’s foundation but he is also using political contacts to their full advantage. Contrary to American research centres who have had their government funding cut off due to the right wing evangelical groups who dominate the nation’s ruling Republican party, Baudinet said Québec’s Economic Development Minister Raymond Bachand knows all about Doctor Roy’s research and has told Baudinet he would do what must be done to come up with a further $10 million for the hospital’s new research laboratories.
“Bachand knows what this kind of development means for Québec’s new economy,” he said. “This is the kind of development that could mean millions in additional spin-offs for the province’s pharmaceutical sector.”
It also provides hope for millions of people who have nothing but a fatally compromised blood formula between tomorrow morning and eternity.