Seguin children recovering, expected back in school soon
Three children who were hit by a vehicle in North Bay at the end of February have all returned home from hospital.
Francis, Alexina, and Calyx Seguin were left injured to varying degrees in the incident, and were receiving care at a children's hospital in Ottawa.
The two eldest children returned home at the beginning of March, but Calyx had multiple injuries, and left the hospital just two weeks ago.
Mom Tracy Seguin said it's been a challenge.
"It's stressful being separated and segregated,” she said. “So being home, there are challenges, there's no doubt, but it's nice being able to communicate one-on-one with everyone in the family."
Seguin said the family will be working with physiotherapists and occupational therapists locally to help Calyx in his recovery.
She says the children have mostly relied on home schooling since the accident, but they hope all three will be back in school after Easter.
The family owns and operates the Seguin Sugarbush in Lavigne.
More than a dozen maple syrup producers from the northeast helped the family tap its trees this season.
Seguin says this year's maple syrup season may have started late, but the timing was just right given the family's situation.
"I don't know if it's prayers out there, or someone looking out for us but, in a sense, I think it was nice for us,” she said.
“The timing, it's late. But for our situation, I think it's actually working out okay."
Seguin says the family is overwhelmed and grateful for all the help the community has offered — with both tree tapping and fundraisers.
The next fundraiser on tap for the Seguin family will be a Good Friday fish fry in Lavigne.
We're a tight-knit community, and everybody always wants to help everybody else,” said event organizer Joanne Gareau.
“You know, it's three kids all at the same time in an accident like that. It's pretty hard to go through."
The fish fry Friday evening will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lavigne Community Centre.