"They Died Alone, I Could Not Even Hug Them" Says Son
The heartbroken son is devastated that this virus has torn his family apart. And it's not just his family that is affected.
Italian couple Severa Belotti, 82, and Luigi Carrara, 86, would have spent more than 60 years of marriage together had the coronavirus not cut their time together short.
After spending eight days in isolation at their home at Albino, a northern Italian province of Bergamo, they were transported to a hospital, according to The Daily Mail. It was there that they had their last moments together. The couple passed away within two hours of each other to spend their eternity together in the afterlife.
However, while they may have stayed together, their death broke the heart of their son, Luca Carrara. Speaking to the local newspaper, Corriere della Sera, he said that his father, Luigi, who was a bricklayer before he retired, was taken to Bergamo hospital and his mother, Severa, a housewife, was admitted to the same facility the very next day. They had spent those eight days at home suffering without medical assistance before they were able to finally get the help they needed. Unfortunately, it was too late.
And after their death, Luca told the outlet that he was angry because he and his sister didn't get the chance to see his parents for the last time.
"They died alone, that's how this virus works," he said. "Your loved ones are left alone and you can't even say goodbye, hug them, try to give them some comfort. [You can't even tell them] a good lie like 'everything will be fine'."
The heartbroken Luca mentioned that he called 118 (the emergency number in Italy) but they didn't answer. However, he also mentioned to the local newspaper that he doesn't blame them. He said, based on a translated version of the interview, "Let me be clear, I don't have [issues] with 118, I understand them and indeed I just have to thank them because they tried to save them."
The grieving son also took to Facebook to bid his parents farewell. “Hello, Mom and Dad, this evil virus has taken you both the same day, will you continue arguing up there?” he wrote. “Surely, but then you will end with a hug.” In the same post meant as a tribute, he also painted a chilling image of the state of the country and how difficult it is to come to terms with their passing.
"My father was 86 years old, he was elderly, but he had no pathology [no prior or underlying health conditions].
People have to understand that they have to stay at home, because it's okay that they keep saying that the victims are old, but then when it happens to your parents it's really hard." He mentioned that his parents' bodies have been moved to a cemetery, however, "it will take a few days to cremate them because there are too many dead."
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Right now, according to NY Post, he too is under quarantine with his family as Italy is currently taking measures to protect its citizens.
"Me, my children and my wife are in quarantine," explained Luca to Corriere della Sera, "so the sadness is double. At this moment, I can't see my sister, who took care of all the paperwork. I can't receive a friend's visit. Nothing. In one day I lost both my parents. But let's go on, my father always told me."
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