Guido Nasi, the Italian man who was left paralysed after a mindless attack in Dublin 16 years ago, is considering moving to Ireland to live out the rest of his life.
Family and friends of wheelchair-bound Guido have been making enquires about the specialist nursing care available in Ireland that he would require.
Guido currently receives 24/7 care from his mother Simonetta, 73, at the small home she shares with her only child in Turin.
However, questions over his future care have become more pressing due to cancer sufferer Simonetta’s declining health and Guido’s own desire to move permanently to Ireland.
Despite Ireland being the last place the then fun-loving and able-bodied teen was able to walk and talk in, Guido — who turned 33 today — has always maintained a deep affection for this country and the Irish public.
The near-fatal unprovoked assault he suffered in 1999 in Dublin’s Fairview Park, when he was struck on the head with a bottle, left him partially sighted, no longer able to feed himself, and with other irreversible physical injuries. Andover the past 12 months, family friends have become so worried about Guido’s state of mind they are now looking into the possibility of helping him relocate to Ireland.
Bernadette Kelly, a Dublin-based victim support volunteer who is close friends with the Nasi family, said: “Guido’s not doing great at the moment, I’m afraid to say. He’s become very depressed and he’s unhappy and crying a lot of the time.
“He lives alone with his mother, Simonetta, who’s his only carer. But Simonetta is desperately worried about the future because of her own health. She no longer has the strength to push his wheelchair around and she recently had surgery for breast cancer.
“During that time, Guido moved out to another place outside Turin and was looked after by other carers, but that didn’t work out and he moved back in with Simonetta.
“But Simonetta is really worried about who’ll look after Guido when she’s no longer around. I’ve been trying to locate somewhere here in Ireland where he would be able to get the nursing care he needs, but haven’t found anywhere suitable yet.
“But that is very much what Guido wants to do.”
She added: “The one good thing is that the family has been awarded their criminal injury settlement. So at least they don’t have to worry about finances.”
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