Luca Franzese did not know what to do. So, he made a video and told the world of his pain.
The Coronavirus pandemic has led to sorrowful incidents all across the globe. Every day there is news of deaths, of people helplessly watching loved ones dies, and so much more. One such incident occurred in Italy.
According to Al Jazeera, an Italian actor, Luca Franzese was trapped in his house in Naples for more than 36 hours along with his sister Teresa, who died of the COVID-19 virus on 14 March 2020.
Teresa suffered from a form of epilepsy. But the 47-year-old was otherwise in good health. Few days before her death, the woman had shown symptoms of coronavirus. Doubting she died of the virus, the determined brother forced authorities to test her after her death. He was then informed that the test was positive. Having given CPR to his sister, he decided to put himself in isolation. "I had to force them to come and do the test. I've had to put myself in self-isolation. I might have the virus. To keep my sister alive, I tried to give her mouth to mouth resuscitation and no one cared, no one is calling me. We are ruined, Italy has abandoned us," added Franzese, according to Al Jazeera. With no one to transport her, the man was forced to stay with the decaying body of his sister.
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"I am waiting for the institutions to give me answers since last night. Nobody came forward," said the emotional man on social media. "This is a very strong video, please don’t show it to children and elderly people. I am forced in all my pain to fight this situation — I have my sister here in bed, dead. I don’t know what to do, I can’t honor her as she deserves because institutions abandoned me," said the helpless man, according to the New York Post.
He further went on to say he was unable to find a funeral home to bury and pay respects to his sister. “I contacted everyone, but nobody was able to give me an answer,” said Franzese helplessly, according to the New York Post. The siblings' parents along with relatives and children were also reported to be trapped in the same house. They are all awaiting the test results.
Franzese's video caught the attention of millions worldwide. Soon, a local funeral home agreed to transport and bury his sister. "It was surreal. We used masks, sterile shoes, hazmat suits, glasses, and gloves. Luca and another relative were there, but other family members were all in another room," said Pasquale Pernice, one of the employees of Aprea Funeral Home, according to Al Jazeera. The body was later buried without the presence of any family members.
Meanwhile, Francesco Emilio Borrelli, a local councilor and member of the Regional Health Commission stated, "It was the first case in Italy in which a person with the virus dies at home, so there was some confusion on what to do," according to Al Jazeera. He also credited the family for their precautionary measures in spite of being in inexplicable pain. He added, "The family [exemplifies] altruism, they are doing everything they can to protect their community, and the community is staying close to them by bringing food," according to Al Jazeera.