In a recent interview, the child’s grandmother – her daughter is the mother – credited Sirard with saving her grandson’s life. Sirard, the child would have remained in the family and probably would have suffered other abuse and could have died from it,” she said.
In others, they had plausible explanations for the injuries.
The provincial College of Physicians, the provincial human rights commission and the hospital’s internal disciplinary body all investigated complaints against Sirard, and it seemed as if the cloud over his head would never clear.
After learning in November that Sainte-Justine had suspended his privileges for a month, Sirard, 58, took his own life inside the hospital on Dec. As his funeral unfolds in Montreal on Monday, Sirard’s children, peers, family members and some of his patients say he was unfairly singled out. The three-month-old boy had been treated like a punching bag for much of his short life, but when he was admitted to Sainte-Justine in 2007, only his 19-year-old father knew that.
An infant regularly choked unconscious so the parents could consume drugs in peace.“He was motivated by his desire to save children,” said the retired pediatrician Gilles Fortin, who worked with Sirard at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital.[np_storybar title=”Feel like you need some help and want someone to speak with?
” link=””]Call the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention at 204-784-4073, contact a local crisis centre or call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or reach out online at [/np_storybar]But Sirard’s zeal to protect the vulnerable was ultimately his undoing.