Read about the Car crash victim who passed away after 31-years in coma

Read about the Car crash victim who passed away after 31-years in coma

“The doctors had told us that he wouldn’t wake up but we cared for him every day, hoping that maybe…’

An Italian car accident victim has passed away after being cared for by his parents for 31 years while he was in a coma.

Ignazio ‘Cito’ Okamoto from Brescia, was involved in a collision on March 19, 1988, and suffered a brain haemorrhage at the age of 22. Although his friend was killed in the crash, Okamoto survived the incident. Ignazio spent two years in a clinic, then his parents resolved to take him home to and try revive him.

But he has now died at the age of 54 after suffering cardiac arrest. Ignazio’s mother Marina told La Stampa: ‘for 31 years we lived cut off from the world. The doctors had told us that he wouldn’t wake up but we cared for him every day, hoping that maybe…’

His father Hector, a 77-year old Mexican with Japanese roots, said: ‘now life has changed. I woke up this morning at 5am and I didn’t know what to do. I went to the garden to water the flowers. The last few nights I slept in Ignazio’s room, even though he is gone, to be near him.’

Hector said he had to resign from his job in 1990 to take care of his son, with Marina working to support the family. Mr Okomoto said he had never thought about euthanasia for his Ignazio

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