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L’Île-Perrot resident seeks help to have life-saving medical procedure done in the United States

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

L’Île Perrot resident Yves Roy holds before and after pictures of his body that highlights the weight loss he’s endured the past two years as a result of his Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) diagnosis. He has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $25,000 so that he can seek medical treatment in the United States.

Yves Roy doesn’t want to die just yet. The 58-year-old L’Île-Perrot resident has a love of life and strong will to live but feels he may pass away from his medical issues before his time because doctors apparently don’t recognize his condition.

Roy has been plagued with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), a diagnosis he received after having tests done at a private laboratory that determined the condition was causing his weight loss due to severe constipation.

Various tests performed

Doctors performed various tests including several colonoscopies to determine what was causing his constipation prior to the SIBO diagnosis but all the test results failed to pinpoint the exact cause. Roy feels that two earlier procedures he had done to unblock his colon may have caused the bacteria in his gut to spread to the upper sections of his body.

Trying to get doctors to recognize the lab’s SIBO results has been a challenge. Doctors apparently rejected the findings. It’s an outcome that has caused more distress for Roy who has to deal with intense pain each day. His life has essentially been put on hold ever since he began seeking medical help.

Extreme weight loss

Roy’s weight dropped from 160 to 102 pounds within the past two years. He had to quit his job as an electronics technician at an audio/video store because of the intense pain he endures each day. The loss of regular employment income means he’s had to apply for social assistance which just covers his basic living expenses such as rent.

Roy has spent $25,000 out of pocket for various medications and treatments and has still found no relief. He tries to eat as best as he can but has to avoid certain foods. The chronic constipation he endures means he has to drink PegLyte regularly to evacuate his bowels. PegLyte is an electrolyte that is usually given to patients before certain bowel exam procedures such as colonoscopy or barium enema X-rays.

‘Skin and bones’

“It’s not normal that I have to drink this every day,” Roy told The Journal during an interview at his home on September 24. Roy’s attempts to get his doctors to recognize the SIBO diagnosis have been met with skepticism.

As a full-fledged amateur athlete with a well-toned body, Roy used to regularly work out at the gym. Almost two years later, his condition has resulted in the loss of a tremendous amount of body mass and muscle. He lifts up his shirt to reveal his protruding rib cage. It’s a situation that has left Roy in complete distress. “I’ve become skin and bones,” he said.

Doctors skeptical

One doctor suggested that Roy eat bran muffins. Another medical practitioner recommended he seek psychiatric help. Even though Roy’s significant weight loss required hospitalization, he was never admitted even though he had a doctor’s referral. Even the local CLSC has been unhelpful to his plight, according to Roy.

Roy has also reached out to Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols by email on August 26 to inform her about his situation. Stéphane Labrie, Nichols’ press attaché, told The Journal Nichols does not comment on individual files because they are confidential.

‘I’m fighting to save my life’

With all the roadblocks Roy has endured regarding the lack of recognition concerning his SIBO diagnosis by medical personnel in Quebec and the rest of Canada, he says his only option now is to seek treatment in the United States where SIBO is a recognized medical condition. “Right now, I’m fighting to save my life. I don’t want to pass away,” said Roy.

A Go Fund Me page was set up by Roy to raise $25,000 for him to get the treatment he needs in California. The campaign has raised over $3,300 in donations so far. If anyone is interested in contributing, they can do so at www.gofundme.com/f/yves-roy-soins-medicaux-usa

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