A catholic priest, Don Giuseppe Berardelli has lost his life to coronavirus after he willingly gave his ventilator to save the life of a younger patient.
The 72-year-old who is Catholic priest in Italy sacrificed his ventilator to a younger patient in need.
Taking to social media to report the death of the priest, John Stone wrote;
“This priest, Suffering from the coronavirus, gave up his ventilator to give to a younger patient and has died. His name was Don Giuseppe Berardelli. He was 72 years old, from Bergamo.”
Speaking with the Italian magazine, Araberara, a health worker from the San Giuseppe retirement home said that they were deeply moved by the priest’s show of Christian faith.
Giuseppe Imberti, the longtime mayor of Casnigo, described him as “a simple, straightforward person, with a great kindness and helpfulness towards everyone, believers and non-believers.”
“His greeting was peace and good. Always friendly and available to the public administration, associations and not only those of the parish.”
“He was loved by everyone, his former parishioners still came from Fiorano after years to find him.
“But he also had an incredible ability to solve economic problems, to knock on the right doors for help … An archpriest loved by all.”
Italy is currently the country with the most number of Coronavirus cases, with over 6,000 deaths already recorded, and over 50,000 active cases.
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