Former Montreal Canadiens player Georges Laraque describes the battle of COVID-19

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MONTREAL – A few weeks ago, the Montreal Canadiens’ tough guy Georges Laraque ran five or six days a week while training for a marathon.

Now the former NHL goalie’s biggest challenge is trying to breathe clearly as he fights COVID-19 from a hospital on the South Shore of Montreal.

“Now I can’t even get up without losing my breath. It’s crazy, “he said.

In a series of videos from his hospital bed, the 43-year-old said he started to experience symptoms last Sunday while helping to shop for vulnerable people in his community.

Over the next few days, his condition deteriorated.

“I have pneumonia in my two lungs, they are affected by COVID because I have asthma, I have to have oxygen through my nose,” said Laraque, who wore a gown and which could sometimes be seen coughing during videos. .

“The nights are the worst,” he said a moment later. “At night I have a fever several times a night. I have to get up and take pills. “

Laraque thanked the staff at Charles-Le Moyne Hospital for taking care of him and told people not to have mercy on him because “I’m not the only one fighting this.”

The former hockey player questioned the Quebec government’s plan to gradually reopen elementary schools and daycare centers starting May 11, given the limited number of tests underway.

“If you can’t test all the kids at school, it won’t be a safe environment for parents and teachers who are already well underpaid, so for two months of school is it worth it?” ” he said.

Laraque played 12 seasons in the NHL from 1997 to 2010, including eight with Edmonton. He crowned his career with two seasons in Montreal.

This Canadian Press report was first published on May 3, 2020



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