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World Priest dies after giving his respirator to younger COVID-19 patient

14:08  24 march  2020
14:08  24 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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A HERO priest in Italy died from coronavirus after he gave a respirator to a young patient he didn’t know. According to the Lovere Hospital, Father Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. The selfless priest instead chose to give it to a younger patient

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a person standing in front of a building: Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook © Other Father Giuseppe Berardelli refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him. Pic: Catholic Outlook

An Italian priest who contracted coronavirus has died after donating his respirator to a younger patient who was also battling the illness.

Friar Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was the priest for the parish of Casnigo, a small village just 40 miles north east of Milan.

He died in hospital in Lovere, Bergamo, one of the worst-hit areas in Italy.

According to the hospital, he refused to use a respirator his parishioners had bought for him, and instead gave it to a younger patient he did not know.

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Nuns wearing a face mask stand inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty Nuns wearing a face mask stand inside the closed Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

In an obituary on Araberara, an Italian news website, one healthcare worker said: "He was a priest who listened to everyone, he knew how to listen, whoever turned to him knew that he could count on his help."

Clara Poli, who had been mayor of Fiorano for some years, described the priest as a "great person".

She told the news publication: "I remember him on his old Guzzi motorbike, he loved his motorbike, and when he was seen passing by he was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities.

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Medical workers in protective gear tend to a patient (Rear L) on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty Medical workers in protective gear tend to a patient (Rear L) on March 24, 2020 at the new COVID 3 level intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the Casal Palocco hospital near Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

"He does not leave us alone, from up there he watches over us and continues to run through the clouds with his motorcycle, who knows how many projects he is doing up there, also for us."

As Bergamo is one of the worst-hit areas in the world for COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, no funeral was held for Friar Berardelli.

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Instead people stood on their balconies at noon on 16 March and gave him a round of applause.

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