Watch above: An 8-year-old boy woke up from his coma on Christmas night, two days after the fire that claimed the lives of his parents and two siblings.
MONTREAL – Mathis, the sole survivor of a tragic apartment fire in Les Coteaux, Que. on December 23, regained consciousness on Christmas Day.
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The 8-year-old-boy had been in a coma since the night of the devastating fire that claimed the lives of his father Patrick Gagnon, his mother Karine Desrochers Gauthier, his two-year-old brother Felix and his four-year-old sister Lorie.
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According to a report on TVA Nouvelles, the first thing the little boy wanted to know upon waking up was who was going to take care of him now that he was an orphan.
Global News has learned that Karine Desrochers Gauthier’s sister and her partner will be taking Mathis home when he is strong enough to be released from hospital.
While the town mourns the loss of a family, local firefighters have organized a fundraising campaign for Mathis.
On Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., firefighters will be collecting donations at the intersection of Highway 338 and Montee du Comté, in Les Coteaux, a municipality just west of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, near the Ontario border.
For more information on the fundraising efforts or if you would like to donate, please click here.
While the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, investigators believe that a forgotten cigarette may be to blame.