Tragic Irony

22 Jan

This story was very sad:

A husband in Italy who lost hope of his wife waking from a four-month coma has killed himself – only for his beloved to regain consciousness hours later.

Doctors said when Rossana, 67, stirred, she asked for her husband Ettore.

The tragedy, recalling the ending of Romeo and Juliet, took place in Padua, 60km (40 miles) from Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's play.

Ettore, 71, had kept a daily vigil at Rossana's side after she had a stroke and fell into a coma in September.

Italian media report that he would visit his wife daily, sometimes coming to the hospital in the northern town as many as four times a day.

But on Wednesday, Ettore committed suicide by gassing himself in the garage of the couple's Padua home.

About 12 hours later, Rossana, a former nurse, emerged from the coma and asked for her husband.

Link: BBC NEWS | Europe | Italy's real 'Romeo and Juliet'

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