In Italy, the death toll in the hospital explosion in Parma on Tuesday (13 November) rose to twenty-one by Friday (16 November) when an elderly woman patient who had been buried in the rubble for sixteen hours, died form multiple injuries.
In Italy, the death toll in the hospital explosion in Parma on Tuesday (13 November) rose to twenty-one by Friday (16 November) when an elderly woman patient who had been buried in the rubble for sixteen hours, died form multiple injuries. Three people are still in hospital in a serious condition following the blast. A mass funeral service for those killed was held in Parma on Saturday (17 November).
SYNOPSIS: The main square of the north Italian city was crowded with mourners. An official inquiry into the explosion has yet to report on the cause of the blast but a local fire chief suggested the explosion took place in an operating theatre and could have been triggered by a leak form an oxygen cylinder. The blast reduced Parma's Maggiore hospital's intensive care and heart surgery unit to rubble. Rescuers worked frantically for days in appalling weather conditions to release the victims. Nurses, doctors, patients and visitors were buried in the debris of the three-storey building.
The funeral mass was broadcast in the square because the church was not large enough to hold all the mourners. among the dead was a young woman of twenty who had gone to help her grandfather pack his suitcase after he had stayed at the hospital for treatment. The incident has resulted in the National Directorate of the Communist Party calling for stricter safety regulations in hospitals. The adjoining building of the hospital was evacuated after the blast in case walls damaged in the explosion collapsed. There were about one thousand, eight hundred patients, and a staff of eight hundred, in the hospital at the time of the explosion.