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Mario Finotti, 91, resided at the Opera Pia Francesco Bottoni retirement home in Papozze, a town in the northern Italian region of Veneto. Mr Finotti tried to escape from his first-floor bedroom by tying a sheet around his waist and trying to duck out the window. Carers and friends of Mr Finotti suggest he may have tried to escape due to the loneliness caused after home visits were suspended while Italy battles a fourth wave of coronavirus.
The cause of death has not yet been established. Local newspapers report that he may have slipped on his descent, causing the improvised rope to pull violently, which could have resulted in lethal compression of the lungs resulting in his death.
Reports also suggest he may have hit his head while swinging against the side of the building or got entangled in the sheets and suffocated to death.
His body was discovered by nursing home staff around 6:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, according to local newspaper Corriere del Veneto.
Local prosecutor Francesco D’Abrosca said no third party was criminally responsible for the incident, suggesting Mr Finotti’s death was not being considered suspicious.
Mr. Finotti had lived all his life in Papozze, a small town south of Venice, where he was born. He had no children and never married. He had resided in the nursing home for about a year before his death.
Luca Avanzi, director of the retirement home, said staff were shocked by the news as Mr Finotti appeared to be in good psychological health.
Mr Avanzi told Corriere della Sera: “We are shocked by what happened. Mario Finotti was fine, he did not suffer from any degenerative disease. We don’t know what was going through his mind because, d Psychologically, he was peaceful.
Mr Avanzi added that Mr Finotti’s niece had spoken to a psychologist via video call to discuss her uncle’s health and that a “good psychological picture of the elderly man had emerged”.
Care home staff and friends of Mr Finotti have suggested his escape may have been brought on by loneliness. Visits from relatives and friends were suspended recently as Italy battles a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, recording around 200,000 new cases a day.
Mr Finotti had only been able to speak to his nephews and nieces by phone for the past three weeks, although he assured his niece he was ‘fine’.
“The loneliness experienced by older people who find themselves away from home in relation to loved ones could be relevant in this case,” Mr Avanzi told The Telegraph.
He added: “Nurses and staff cannot take the place of family. Mario had a sunny personality. But his age and the onset of his cognitive lapses may have contributed to this sad episode.
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The country has recorded 142,590 coronavirus-related deaths since the outbreak began in February 2020 – the second highest death toll in Europe after the UK and the ninth highest in the world.
The vast majority of deaths have occurred in the elderly, with almost 85% of patients aged 70 or over.
Italy is currently battling peak cases caused by the Omicron variant. However, the country recorded nearly 189,000 new cases on Thursday – down from 192,000 the previous day, raising hopes the latest wave may be leveling off.
The north of the country has been the most affected by the virus, in particular the region of Lombardy. The total number of reported cases has now exceeded 7.7 million. About 87% of the country’s total population is fully vaccinated in January 2022.