Italian man dies after spending 31 years in coma

An Italian man has died after spending 31 years in a coma after a car accident.

The 53-year-old man was being cared for by his parents before his demise.

Italian man dies after spending 31 years in coma


Ignazio “Cito” Okamoto was 22 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage in a car crash on March 19, 1988. A friend was killed and two others survived the accident on a motorway near Verona.

His friend was killed in the smash but two survived the incident on a Verona motorway.

Ignazio spent two years in a clinic, but his parents decided to take him home to try to bring him back to health.

But he has died aged 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, added:

‘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.’

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