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article imageToddler forgotten in hot car dies, organs save others

By Lynn Curwin     May 22, 2011 in World
Ancona - A 22-month-old Italian girl, whose father forgot her in a hot car, died on the weekend, but her organs were donated to save other children.
Lucio Petrizzi, 45, a university veterinary science lecturer, was to drop his daughter Elena at nursery school on his way to work at Teramo University on May 18. He forgot to drop her off and left her strapped to her car seat inside the vehicle on a hot day.
Five hours later he returned to the car and found his daughter unconscious.
Surgery was performed to relieve swelling on Elena's brain, but doctors were unable to save her life.
"I'd give my life to save her," The Telegraph quoted Petrizzi as saying.
"I just don't know what happened. I was convinced I had dropped her off. I locked the car and went to work – it's as if someone pulled the plug out of my brain."
The case is now being investigated by prosecutors.
"I want to shout out to the world my partner's love for his child," The Guardian quoted Chiara Sciarrini, Elena's mother, who is eight months pregnant, as saying. "He never stopped because he was concerned about me, my pregnancy and little Elena. Everything had to be perfect and I was not to worry.
"I have never accused him and never will because he is not guilty of anything. Elena adored her father."
The girl's heart, liver and kidneys went donated for transplant.
"If people stop and reflect, this might be the only consolation, the donation of organs, the only thing that might give some sense to this tragedy," Macleans quoted Dr. Francesca De Pace, co-ordinator for transplants in the Ancona area, as saying.
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