Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2020 / 11:56 am
While Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli is remembered fondly by those who knew him as a man of kindness and self-sacrifice, the reports of a donated respirator passed along to a younger patient are not true, the secretary general of his diocese told CNA Tuesday.
"There was not a donated respirator. There have not been any respirators coming from outside of the hospital," Fr. Giulio Dellavite told CNA March 24.
Doctors in Italy's Lombardy region have struggled to treat the more than 10,000 coronavirus patients currently hospitalized in the region with a limited number of intensive care units.
Fr. Dellavite, a friend of Fr. Berardelli for over 20 years, said he believes that Fr. Berardelli would have given up a potential spot in the intensive care unit up for another younger patient, if he could have.