Woman in coma for 31 years after car crash dies, leaving husband devastated

After more than thirty years in a coma due to a tragic car accident on Christmas Eve in 1991, Miriam Visintin from Riese, Veneto has passed away.

Her husband, devastated by the loss, confirmed that she died on May 10th at San Bassiano Hospital, where she had been transferred two months prior to her passing due to fluid accumulation in her lungs.

Miriam had sustained an incurable brain injury as a result of crashing her Fiat Panda in Casoni di Mussolente, Veneto.

After his wife Miriam passed away due to cardiac arrest, Angelo Farina, who had been married to her for 33 years, expressed that she had finally found peace from the injustice she had suffered. He also mentioned that she was now in paradise, free from all the pain and suffering.

Angelo recalled their early days of marriage, stating that they were young and had so many dreams and plans. However, fate had been cruel to Miriam, and she didn’t deserve to go through all that she had.

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Following a car accident in 1991 where her vehicle skidded on an icy surface and collided with a pole, Miriam suffered severe head injuries and entered a coma. At the time, she and her husband Angelo Farina had only been married for a year, having met a few years prior at a disco in Mussolente and falling in love.

Despite doctors telling Angelo that Miriam might not survive the night, he remained committed to her, having vowed to support her in sickness and in health.

Initially, Miriam received care at La Madonnina residential home, where she was being kept alive. Later, she was moved to Casa Sturm, where she remained until she was transferred to San Bassiano hospital due to pleural effusion.

Throughout this time, Angelo remained devoted to his wife, visiting her daily, and sometimes even multiple times a day, except during the pandemic when he had to limit his visits for safety reasons.

‘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 the funeral on Saturday.

He said: ‘If I went back, I would do it all over again.’ 

Angelo expressed to La Repubblica that he made the decision to stay with Miriam until her very last days. He knew that it wouldn’t be an easy journey, but he was determined to stay by her side forever.

Reflecting on the situation, he shared that he felt angry inside, as he couldn’t accept that such a kind-hearted, beautiful, and unique person like Miriam had to suffer so much.

Recently, friends and family gathered at Miriam’s hometown parish church to attend her funeral, which took place in the morning.

The mayor of Cassola paid tribute to Miriam and Angelo, emphasizing the remarkable dedication and love that Angelo had shown throughout Miriam’s 31-year vegetative state.

‘In a very self-centered world, this example gives reason to believe that humanity still exists,’ he said.

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