Earl’s Story

Earl Boutilier was diagnosed with CMT-Charcot Marie Tooth Disease 51 years ago and is also diabetic. Also known as Charcot–Marie–Tooth neuropathy, CMT is a genetically inherited disorder of the peripheral nervous system characterized by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. Currently incurable, this disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders.

Born and raised in North Sydney, Earl recently lost his wife Pat on June 13, 2014 at Northside General Hospital, where they shared a room. Pat worked for many years at the hospital as an administrative assistant.

Earl was admitted to Northside General Hospital in April of 2014 with a broken leg for the fifth time due to his disease. Earl spent time on second floor west and on the fifth floor. He acknowledges the staff for their compassion and comforting ways during his long stay.

Earl looks forward to moving into a new apartment after he finishes rehabilitative therapy at Harbourview Hospital. He is eager to spend more time with his son Graham, daughter-in-law Gina and his beautiful granddaughter Claire, who all visit him every day.

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