LEWISTON — The director of the Franco-American Heritage Center suffered a major stroke last week, according to a member of the organization’s board.

Louis Morin was stricken at his Freeport home on March 13, said Ray Lagueux, president of the board of directors.

Morin remained hospitalized Wednesday at Maine Medical Center in Portland where he was admitted to the special care unit.

No visitors are allowed, except family, said Lagueux, who has been updated periodically on Morin’s medical condition by an older brother, Dan Morin.

Louis Morin has no sensation on one side and slight sensation on his other side. Tracheotomy tubes were removed Tuesday, which Lagueux called a “small good sign.”

Lagueux said the family continues to say: “We’re waiting for results.”

Morin hasn’t been able to communicate vocally and has limited cognition, Lagueux said.

“Progress is very slight,” he said.

Morin was hired as executive director at the center in September 2012, but started in that capacity in December 2012 after training with former Executive Director Rita Dube, who retired.

He had worked at Maine Audubon Society and, before that, at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Since Morin was hospitalized, members of the board of directors have divided oversight of staff among them to supervise daily operations.

“Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with him and the family,” Lagueux said. “The family is holding out hope. You never know, especially with a stroke.”


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