A 2nd birthday in the hospital: the sad reality of a young autistic man from Dieppe

Sébastien Cormier has just celebrated his 30th birthday at the hospital. This is the second birthday he is celebrating in this room where he has lived since fall 2022.

Sébastien is not sick. He is a young man with non-verbal autism who needs constant care. years”,”text”:”It’s like a 4 or 5 year old child”}}”>It’s like a 4 or 5 year old childexplains his mother, Lise LeBlanc.

His burly, bearded son needs supervision. You have to make his meals, change his clothes, give him his bath. He may behave aggressively, especially if he cannot make himself understood.

His room in the psychiatry department of University Hospital Dumont has become his home since the management of the home where he lived sent him to the hospital.


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Sébastien has been living in this hospital room for 18 months.

Photo: Courtesy: Lise LeBlanc

They said his behavior was wrong. It was no longer working at the home, so they wanted the doctor to do an evaluation of his medications. I think it was more of a household problem than a Sébastien problem.adds his mother.

Worried about the treatment that her autistic son was receiving in this home, Lise LeBlanc decided not to send him back to this establishment.

It was 18 months ago. Since then, only one home has expressed interest in welcoming Sébastien. A representative from the home visited him in hospital, but decided not to offer him a place.

His mother doesn’t know why. She wanted to speak to the person in question, but her request was refused. The decision was made. We’re just left outsays Lise LeBlanc, with tears in her eyes.

We feel abandoned.

A quote from Lise LeBlanc

His brother imprisoned

It’s really hard for me to see that he’s just, it seems, imprisoned there. It’s been a year and a halfconfides Jacob Léger, Sébastien’s little brother.

The 18-year-old has been visiting his brother every day for 5 months and he sees the progress that comes from this daily contact.

It’s becoming more and more comfortable to do different activities with me, then try different thingshe says.

Jacob plays all kinds of games with Sébastien in his hospital room and he takes him to the swimming pool once a week.


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Sébastien Cormier goes to the Dieppe aquatic center once a week, a rare outing for the man who lives at the hospital.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Lise LeBlanc specifies that her son is treated very well at the hospital, but that he spends all his days in his room.

His dearest wish is that Sébastien obtains a place in a foster home or community residence where he will be happy, safe, and where he will be well taken care of.

The fifty-year-old has somewhat fragile health and is worried about her son’s future. I don’t know where I’m going to be tomorrow, you know, she confides sadly. She fears that if she wasn’t there, her autistic son would be forgotten.

A solution that is slow to come

Sébastien needs a place in a home or residence that offers level 4 care.

According to the Ministry of Social Development, there are 20 level 4 nursing home beds in the greater Moncton area. The Greater Moncton Community Residences have 89 care level 3 and 4 beds.

In a written statement, New Brunswick’s Acting Minister of Social Development, Bruce Fitch, says Ministry staff work hard to ensure care is provided to the best possible standard. This can sometimes take time, but we continue to work on behalf of those who need help, and for their families who simply want to see their loved one have adequate support.

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Lise LeBlanc with her autistic son, Sébastien Cormier, on his 30th birthday at the Georges L. Dumont hospital.

Photo: courtesy:Jacob Léger

These words do not change anything in the situation of Sébastien and his family. They tell me (that) it’s coming, but I’ve been hearing that for a year and a halflaments Lise LeBlanc.

It’s because he is a person like any other. Give it a chance.

A quote from Lise LeBlanc

While waiting for a solution that will allow Sébastien to leave the hospital, she asks people not to judge her autistic son and to make room for him.



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