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Italian woman serenaded by her accordion-playing husband when they were kept separated by Covid has died

Italian woman, 74, dies after being reunited for a final hug with accordion-playing husband who serenaded her in hospital while they were kept separated by Covid

  • Carla Sacchi, 74, was being treated for cancer when her husband serenaded her
  • Footage shows Stefano Bozzini playing the accordion from the hospital window
  • The couple, who had been married for 47 years, were reunited days before Carla died

An Italian woman serenaded by her romantic husband from outside her hospital window has died after they were reunited for the last time.

Carla Sacchi, 74, and her husband of 47, Stefano Bozzini, were kept separate due to Covid restrictions while being treated for cancer in Northern Italy.

Her 81-year-old husband Stefano took his accordion to the street below her hospital window to serenade his beloved wife with her favorite songs.

Carla and Stefano were finally reunited for the last time when she was allowed to go home before she died on Thursday.

Carla Sacchi, 74, and her husband Stefano Bozzini, 81, from northern Italy were reunited when she was allowed to return home from hospital before dying Thursday

Carla Sacchi, 74, and her husband Stefano Bozzini, 81, from northern Italy were reunited when she was allowed to return home from hospital before dying Thursday

Piacenza’s mayor, Patrizia Barbieri, shared a moving photo of their reunion online as she paid tribute to the couple.

She said Stefano’s gesture of “tenderness” outside his wife’s hospital window reminded us what it really means to love each other.

Heartwarming images show Stefano Bozzini playing his accordion earlier this month from the street below the hospital in Castel San Giovanni.

The video shows Stefano sitting on a chair in the empty street, wearing a feather hat and a red sweater, playing a series of love songs, including some of his wife’s favorites.

Heartwarming images show Stefano Bozzini playing love songs on his accordion from the street below his wife's hospital window in Castel San Giovanni earlier this month

Heartwarming images show Stefano Bozzini playing love songs on his accordion from the street under his wife's hospital window in Castel San Giovanni earlier this month.

Heartwarming images show Stefano Bozzini playing love songs on his accordion from the street under his wife’s hospital window in Castel San Giovanni earlier this month.

He opened his rendition with Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Spanish Eyes’ and ended his serenade by looking up at his wife and waving.

Carla can be seen watching her husband play from a window on the second floor of the hospital.

The emotional story went viral on social media and the video was shared around the world.

His son Maurizio said Stefano had asked the hospital if he could “play her a few songs to give her five minutes of happiness.”

Stefano Bozzini serenades his wife who is in hospital

Stefano Bozzini serenades his wife who is in hospital

His wife, Carla Sacchi and two others watch as they enjoy the emotional rendition

His wife, Carla Sacchi and two others watch as they enjoy the emotional rendition

Stefano Bozzini (left) plays his accordion against his wife Carla Sacchi (right) who watched from her second-floor window. He opened his rendition with Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Spanish Eyes’ and ended his serenade by looking up and waving at his wife

Stefano told Piacenza Libertà newspaper: “It was a sunny day, I would have liked to play longer all day.”

The hospital does not treat patients with coronavirus, but visitors were not allowed to enter the building due to restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

The couple have been married since 1973 and Stefano learned to play the accordion on his own, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

Stefano is a retired member of the Alpini infantry of the Italian Army and the hat he wears in the video is part of their uniform.

His nickname in the unit was ‘Gianni Morandi of the Alpines’ because he always played the accordion.

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