Giselle Lowesque, the first person to be vaccinated in the country, died of natural causes last Monday at CHSLD Saint-Antoine in Quebec.
Mrs. Lowesque, 89, has been known to everyone since December 14th. Since receiving the first dose of the vaccine in Canada, she has become a symbol of hope for the upcoming mass vaccination campaign.
Dressed in “her best clothes” and with her well-groomed white hair, the lady appeared in front of cameras to the applause of the founding staff where she has lived since March 2020.
“It’s a lot of emotions, I’m so proud,” Octogenarian believed after this injection, which paved the way for millions of others to follow.
Giselle Lowesque was back in the news when we found out that she had contracted the virus in the following weeks, if she made people talk about the vaccine.
A large outbreak at CHSLD Saint-Antoine did not prevent him, but the woman struggled with the infection.
“Symptoms include weakness and difficulty breathing. I could not hold my breath,” she told the Journal on January 14, one month after receiving the vaccine.
However, the lady was confident that the vaccine had helped her. “I have time to make the little soldiers who helped me,” Ms. Lowesque explained.
She invited people to follow her example and get vaccinated. “So the virus is gone, helping people go through it. In 2021 and always, this virus will no longer exist.”
CIUSSS de la Capitol-National confirms the woman died last Monday, “calmly” and “around her relatives”. It is also guaranteed that none of his deaths were closely or remotely linked to COVID-19 or the vaccine. “She died of natural causes”, refers to CIUSSS.
“Ms. Lowesque was a hopeful in the fight against COVID-19,” said Melanie Otis, a spokeswoman for the organization, who wanted to salute the woman’s cooperation.
Originally from Remoski, the 89-year-old woman had no children or husband. Her nieces, Jessica and Justin, took care of her for the rest of their lives. “It was a historic moment when she lived to be 89 years old. […] It is our duty to take care of her today, ”they said when she received her first dose in December.