Eight months after losing his best friend in a tragic motorcycle accident, a young father nearly died the same way in Saint-Léonard-d’Aston last month.
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X-rays of his spine clearly show the two fractures, the first in the middle of his back and the second at hip level.
The spine broken in two places, five broken ribs, damage to the liver, kidney, lung, bladder and spleen; Olivier Meunier was in a sorry state when he was hospitalized on May 11 following his accident.
On that day, the 23-year-old rode his motorcycle to Quebec. To refuel, he drove to Madrid, exit 202 of the 20 motorway.
“It’s my fault, I think I tilted my bike too much. I was driving at around 110 km/h and I slipped on the grenade,” remembers the man who has been practicing this sport since he was 17 years old.
Despite everything, the motorcyclist was lucky because a motorist witnessed the whole scene.
This Good Samaritan therefore had the reflex to stop and help Mr. Meunier.
Six months of rehab
“I probably would have died there if he hadn’t come to my rescue because you couldn’t see my motorcycle or me from the road,” said the man, who was thrown about four meters from his vehicle.
A month later, the Beloeil resident is still unable to move his legs.
He spends most of his days lying in bed, unable to sit up.
Since his spinal cord was affected but not severed, it will be a long road to learning to walk again.
His doctors believe that at least six months of rehabilitation are necessary.
as his friend
Since his accident, Olivier Meunier has thought a lot about his best friend, Marc-André De Tonnancour, who died last September after being hit by a car in Montreal.
“We were two experienced riders, we’ve done motorcycles in our lives,” he says. Basically you realize that it can really happen to anyone. I always told myself I wouldn’t screw it up, I was always confident. But since I planted myself, and firmly. »
With kind approval
After being unable to see his children for almost a month, Olivier Meunier broke down in tears when he finally welcomed Marie-Pierre, 4, and Mavrik, 3, to visit him at Montreal’s Sacré Coeur Hospital last weekend.
Due to his condition and various hospital orders, the young father was unable to see his children for almost a month. Touched by her story, a nurse finally gave her special permission last weekend.
“When I saw her little face, I burst into tears,” he admits. It was so good to see her. They were it cute, They were afraid to hurt me, they were gentle with me. »
A situation not to be experienced again
Despite his great passion for the sport, the builder has no intention of getting back on a motorcycle one day.
All aspects of his life are affected by his accident, explains the man, who has to look for subcontractors from his hospital bed so as not to disappoint his customers.
Above all, Olivier Meunier refuses to risk re-enacting this appalling situation for his young children.
Meanwhile, Marie-Pierre, 4, cannot be accompanied by her father to her first school visit, which will be held soon. His little brother Mavrik, 3, has to wait a few more months before he can jump into his father’s arms again when he picks him up from daycare.
– With Jonathan Tremblay