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Toddler dies after being left in hot car after university lecturer dad forgets to drop her off at playgroup

Post by Guest on Sun May 22, 2011 2:28 pm

A Italian toddler has died after her university lecturer father forgot to drop her off at day-care and left her in his hot car for five hours.

Doctors at Ancona's Salesi pediatric hospital on the Adriatic coast declared 22-month-old Elena Petrizzi brain dead on Saturday, three days after her father Lucio, 45,went to his teaching job, leaving the child in the car. He is now facing a manslaughter charge.

Organs from the girl, who has only been identified as Elena, were sent to hospitals in Bergamo, Turin and Rome Sunday. Italian news reports said the heart and liver were transplanted in two children, while the kidneys were still being checked.

The girl's mother, who is eight months' pregnant, says what happened to the father could happen to anyone.

Today doctors revealed that Elena had died after a three-day battle for life and that her heart, liver and kidneys had been removed and donated to four children.

The toddler had been left in the family's four by four in a car park at the University of Teramo where Lucio is a lecturer in veterinary sciences as temperatures soared to 30'c. She was discovered unconscious and badly dehydrated by Lucio who frantically tried to revive her before calling paramedics who rushed her by ambulance to a specialist children's ward in nearby Ancona.

Doctors battled to save her life but they were unable to do so despite an operation reduce a massive brain swelling brought on by the high temperature in the car.

Details of the organ transplants were revealed by Dr Francesca De Pace from the hospital in Ancona who said: 'There is always a high demand for children's organs. The gesture of these heartbroken parents must be admired because through the death of their child, new life is born, new hope is given. It is an act to be admired, maybe an act to help them overcome this tragedy.'

Doctors said Elena's heart had been donated to child in Bergamo, her liver to one in Turin while her kidneys had gone to two patients in Rome. Police have questioned Lucio who told them he was convinced he had dropped his daughter off at her playgroup before heading to work at the university and had even told them:'I'd give my life to save her.' During questioning he told them:'I just don't know what happened. I was convinced I had dropped her off. I locked the car and went to work - it's as if someone pulled the plug out of my brain.'

University researcher Chiara Sciarrini, 38, Elena's mother who is pregnant defended her husband, and said:'He is not to blame. He is always so busy rushing here there and everywhere. He was always busy himself with me and Elena. He is not guilty of anything. He is an exemplary father.'

An autopsy will now be carried out on Elena and the case is being investigated by prosecutors in Teramo.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1389708/Toddler-dies-left-hot-car-dad-forgets-drop-playgroup.html#ixzz1N5iMiACX


There are mistakes and there are devastating mistakes. How on earth do you live with yourself making this kind of mistake? Heartbreaking for the family, I hope they take comfort from the fact that their little girl has given life to 4 other children Sad Rest in peace little one xxx

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Post by Guest on Sun May 22, 2011 5:40 pm

The father will never come to terms with the death. Possible sad suicide in the offing. Hope Not

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Post by Guest on Sun May 22, 2011 6:04 pm

fred bloggs wrote:The father will never come to terms with the death. Possible sad suicide in the offing. Hope Not

Me too Fred, such a sad story. We all make mistakes. It's just that some have more serious implications than others Sad

Luckily his wife is supporting him. I hope he finds it within to forgive himself x

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Post by Guest on Sun May 22, 2011 6:16 pm

He's been arrested on a manslaughter charge as well, double tragedy

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