An Italian couple who had been together for 60 years died without their son to comfort them on their death bed, just two hours apart, on Tuesday from coronavirus.
82-year-old Severa Belotti and 86-year-old Luigi Carrara spent the last days of their lives in closed areas, in their hometown of Albino, in the northern Italian province of Bergamo.
Their son, Luca Carrara, claims they had been confined at home with a fever of 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) for eight days without medical attention.
The heartbroken son told the local newspaper Corriere della Sera that his father, Luigi, who worked as a bricklayer before his retirement, was taken to Bergamo’s hospital on Saturday and that his mother, Severa, a housewife, was admitted to the same facility on Sunday.
One died at 9:15 AM and the other at 11 AM, less than two hours apart.
Pictured: Severa Belotti, 82, and Luigi Carrara, 86, from Albino, Bergamo, who died of corona virus just hours apart on Tuesday in northern Italy
Luca Carrara, pictured, from Albino, Bergamo, said one last goodbye to his parents on Facebook after being unable to be by their side when they died Tuesday
Luca, who was reported to be upset at the time of the interview, told them he couldn’t see his parents before they died.
“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 alright”. ‘
Luca, who works for water company Uniacque in Bergamo, is currently in quarantine with his wife and two children.
He said his parents were detained for so long because “there was no doctor around.”
Luca tried to call the emergency services on “112”, but no one came to the rescue.
“Let it be clear that I don’t blame 112 (emergency services),” he told Corriere della Sera.
“I understand them and I really only have thanks for trying to save them.”
His thoughts about the Papa Juan XXIII hospital in Bergamo, where his parents died, were very different.
“In the hospital, everything is disastrous,” he said.
He added that the staff don’t know where to put the patients and that the doctors choose which people to save and “let the elderly die.”
“But what can they do?” He added.
Carrara was unable to say goodbye and said goodbye via social media.
“Hello, Mom and Dad, this malicious virus took you both the same day, do you want to keep arguing there?” He wrote on Facebook.
“Sure, but then you end up with a hug.”
In a warning to other families, Luca added, “My dad was 86, he was an old man, yes, but he had no previous illness.
An empty street due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 corona virus in Alzano Lomabardo, one of the Bergamo municipalities in the Middle Seriana Valley for which the creation of a red zone is being considered, in Bergamo, Italy, 05 March 2020
“People have to understand that they have to stay at home because it’s okay to keep saying that the victims are just old, but when it happens to their parents, it’s really hard.
“I haven’t seen them again, the bodies have been taken to the cemetery and we know it will take a few days to cremate them because there are too many deaths.
He added that his current situation, under quarantine, has exacerbated the sadness.
“Myself, my children and my wife are in quarantine,” he wrote on the Facebook post.
“So the grief is two-fold.
“At the moment, I can’t even see my sister who took care of all the paperwork.
“No one can come to visit me. Nothing.
One day I lost both my parents. But let’s go on, like my dad used to say. ‘
There has been a stream of complaints against the Italian authorities for maladministration by those who isolate themselves during the coronavirus outbreak in the north of the country.
Yesterday it was reported that an actor had to stay in the same house with his deceased infected sister for more than 36 hours.
Luca Franzese, who was a member of the ‘sciarmante’ gang on the Mafia TV show Gomorrah, had released a series of passionate videos calling for the corpse services of his sister, Teresa Franzese, 47 , who tested positive for the coronavirus after her death on Saturday.
There are 12,462 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, most everywhere outside mainland China, and 827 people have died.