Husband left grieving as wife dies after being in a coma for 31 years

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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A man in Italy has been left devastated after revealing that his wife has tragically passed away after being in a coma for over three decades.

Miriam Visintin was traveling in her Fiat Panda in Casoni di Mussolente, Veneto, on Christmas Eve 1991, when she crashed and suffered an inoperable brain injury. She fell into a coma and never woke up.

Sadly, La Repubblica reported that she died last Wednesday (May 10).

Angelo Farina, Miriam's husband of 33 years, revealed that her passing was due to a cardiac arrest, telling the outlet: "She finally had peace for her injustice... Finally she's up there in peace and in paradise. We had only been married a year and a half when tragedy struck. We were so young and had so many projects... fate has been cruel to her. She didn't deserve all of this."

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Miriam suffered a tragic car accident that left her in a coma for 31 years, just a year after marrying her husband Angelo. Credit: Svetlana Gustova / Alamy

Miriam had been in a coma since her Christmas Eve crash, which occurred when her car lost control on a frozen surface and hit a pole. The couple had only married in 1990 and were set to spend their second Christmas together.

Angelo was told by doctors following the crash that Miriam would likely not survive the night. "When I married her I swore to stand by her through thick and thin," he told Italy 24 News.

Having been moved to different treatment centers due to complications, Miriam ultimately spent her last moments in a center in San Bassiano after her lungs filled up with liquid. Ever the doting husband, Angelo revealed that he visited his wife every day - even up to several times a day. Though, during the pandemic, this proved to be difficult.

"I went every day, during the lunch break, at least 15 minutes. Sometimes I managed to go even in the evening," he told La Repubblica after her funeral on Saturday (May 13). "If I went back, I would do it all over again," he continued, saying that he had "decided right away to stay there next to her, forever, until the last of her days."

"It was very difficult. Not an easy situation to accept. I had so much anger inside. Such a beautiful, good, and special girl shouldn't have ended that way," he added.

The local mayor released a heartfelt statement following Miriam's passing, saying (via Fanpage Italy): "What struck me a lot, in addition to the tragedy of a vegetative life that lasted 31 years, is the closeness of her husband, perpetuated in daily gestures of love for so long. In a very self-centered world, this example gives reason to believe that humanity still exists."

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to both Angelo's and Miriam's family and friends at this devastating time.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy

Husband left grieving as wife dies after being in a coma for 31 years

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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A man in Italy has been left devastated after revealing that his wife has tragically passed away after being in a coma for over three decades.

Miriam Visintin was traveling in her Fiat Panda in Casoni di Mussolente, Veneto, on Christmas Eve 1991, when she crashed and suffered an inoperable brain injury. She fell into a coma and never woke up.

Sadly, La Repubblica reported that she died last Wednesday (May 10).

Angelo Farina, Miriam's husband of 33 years, revealed that her passing was due to a cardiac arrest, telling the outlet: "She finally had peace for her injustice... Finally she's up there in peace and in paradise. We had only been married a year and a half when tragedy struck. We were so young and had so many projects... fate has been cruel to her. She didn't deserve all of this."

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Miriam suffered a tragic car accident that left her in a coma for 31 years, just a year after marrying her husband Angelo. Credit: Svetlana Gustova / Alamy

Miriam had been in a coma since her Christmas Eve crash, which occurred when her car lost control on a frozen surface and hit a pole. The couple had only married in 1990 and were set to spend their second Christmas together.

Angelo was told by doctors following the crash that Miriam would likely not survive the night. "When I married her I swore to stand by her through thick and thin," he told Italy 24 News.

Having been moved to different treatment centers due to complications, Miriam ultimately spent her last moments in a center in San Bassiano after her lungs filled up with liquid. Ever the doting husband, Angelo revealed that he visited his wife every day - even up to several times a day. Though, during the pandemic, this proved to be difficult.

"I went every day, during the lunch break, at least 15 minutes. Sometimes I managed to go even in the evening," he told La Repubblica after her funeral on Saturday (May 13). "If I went back, I would do it all over again," he continued, saying that he had "decided right away to stay there next to her, forever, until the last of her days."

"It was very difficult. Not an easy situation to accept. I had so much anger inside. Such a beautiful, good, and special girl shouldn't have ended that way," he added.

The local mayor released a heartfelt statement following Miriam's passing, saying (via Fanpage Italy): "What struck me a lot, in addition to the tragedy of a vegetative life that lasted 31 years, is the closeness of her husband, perpetuated in daily gestures of love for so long. In a very self-centered world, this example gives reason to believe that humanity still exists."

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to both Angelo's and Miriam's family and friends at this devastating time.

Featured image credit: REUTERS / Alamy