A Catholic priest who contracted coronavirus stayed true to his calling as a Christian and sacrificed his life so that another person could live.
Don Giuseppe Berardelli, a 72-year-old priest from the region in Italy hardest hit by COVID-19, was hospitalized and critically suffering from coronavirus, so much so that parishioners bought a ventilator specifically for him.
But instead of using it for himself, Berardelli gave up his vital medical equipment so that a younger patient could use it. He passed away last week, according to Italian news outlet TgCom24.
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The identity of the patient who received Berardelli's ventilator was not published. It is unclear whether the patient has survived his bout with COVID-19.
Giuseppe Imberti, the mayor of Casnigo where Berardelli served as chief priest, lavished praise on the hero upon learning about his death.
"He was a simple, straightforward person, with a great kindness and helpfulness towards everyone, believers and non-believers. His greeting was 'peace and good'. Always friendly and available," Imberti told Italian news outlet Araberara, according to a Google translation.
"He was loved by everyone," Imberti said.
At least 60 Catholic priests in Italy have died from COVID-19 this month, according to the Catholic News Agency. More than 6,000 total people have died in Italy from the virus.