Italian Priest Dies after Selflessly Giving up His Ventilator for Younger Coronavirus Patient
Many are the sacrifices, big and small, that humanity will have to make in order to overcome the current health crisis caused by the covid-19 outbreak, and stories like this give us the courage to go on and being our best selves.
A 72-year-old Italian priest from the city of Bergamo, currently the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak and one of the worst stricken regions in this pandemic, made one last act of kindness and selflessness before dying of covid-19.
Don Giuseppe Berardelli was the archpriest at the parish of San Giovanni Battista in the village of Cansigo, where he had served since his appointment in 2006, and he was locally loved before his death made headlines on March 15.
This was Don Giuseppe Berardelli.— Dr. Laura Ingallinella (@lauraingalli) March 23, 2020
Don Giuseppe was a priest who loved smiles and motorcycles. When he got infected, he let someone else use his respiratory unit. He died of #COVIDー19.
You may not believe in a god, but believe in this man's kindness and sacrifice. #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/JrstirBJOC
Berardelli passed away that day after doing the ultimate sacrifice, choosing to give a younger person an opportunity to fight the disease while the hospital staff was making their biggest effort to keep the clergyman alive.
The parish managed to purchase a respirator as a last resource to help Berardelli recovered, but once the instrument was available for him to use, he chose to let a younger patient use it, which cost him his life.
“The disaster in Italy does not stem from gross government negligence. Rather, analysts say it is partly a consequence of the weeks between the emergence of the outbreak and the government decision to absolutely lock down the population."https://t.co/ldR0iXYj3L— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 24, 2020
Berardelli is remembered as a cheerful personality that believed in doing good beyond any religious dogma, and apart from his signature red motorcycle, he was also known for his activism and his passion for helping others.
Last summer I spent my honeymoon in Italy— Gurratan Singh (@GurratanSingh) March 24, 2020
Beyond the history & culture, what I appreciated most was the spirit of the people: Their love for life & family, the hospitality.
Italy, as we all battle #COVID19 my heart goes out to you & I hope the world heeds your words of caution. pic.twitter.com/04EHsieImY
60 PRIEST HAVE DIED IN ITALY
With his passing, Berardelli adds to the at least 60 priests that have lost their lives in the European country since the coronavirus hit the region. At least 16 of these priests were reportedly from Berardelli’s diocese.
They may not be a miracle cure or a vaccine, but respirator valves from 3-D printers have helped coronavirus patients breathe a little easer in the Italian epicentre of COVID-19 https://t.co/GG1StNH5VH— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 24, 2020
Italy has been struggling with the deadliest coronavirus surge on the planet, having registered more deaths due to the pandemic that China, sending a warning to the rest of the world so we can learn from their mistakes in handling the crisis.
While it is too early to jump to conclusions, Italy might be on its way to finally halt the death toll of covid-19 among its population, with the country having recorded a smaller day-to-day increase in coronavirus positives for the second day in a row.
Italy’s Coronavirus Cases Beginning to Decline After Two-Week Lockdown https://t.co/VnzMZ4khn5— People (@people) March 24, 2020
’’We need more consecutive results to confirm the trend, to be more certain that we are in a favorable situation,” Italian health official Silvio Busaferro cautiously told New York Post.
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