Strange but true

  1. Everyday in our local news or internet news there is odd stories which catch your eye. I thought we could have our own strange but true stories thread.

    here's my contribution for the day

    MILAN (Reuters) - When Italian health officials came to remove a woman from the apartment she has not left in more than two decades they had to don respirators against the stench, newspapers reported Sunday.
    The woman, named only as "Carmela," was in her late 50s, weighed about 30 kg (66 pounds) and had hair two metres (seven feet) long when officials came to take her to hospital, La Repubblica, Il Giorno and La Stampa newspapers reported.
    Firefighters and health officials in Macerata, a city about 200 km (120 miles) northeast of Rome, found the apartment's windows sealed with adhesive tape and the shutters jammed shut.
    A bout of influenza 26 years ago terrified Carmela so much that she tried to seal herself off from germs by barricading herself in her home, the papers said.

    Her plight came to the attention of Italian authorities after her brother, who leaves tinned food outside her front door, called police to say that upcoming medical treatment would prevent him from carrying on.
    "Adamo" has not seen his sister in 10 years, La Republicca reported.
    Carmela's main contact with neighbors has been to shout a single message through her door.
    "Shut the window on the landing!"
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Very sad. Poor women. Hopefully after all those years she can get some help and enjoy life.
  4. by   squeakykitty
    I think I'll bump this one up. In our local police blotter, someone reported that their garbage was stolen, and it was worth $40. (If it was worth that much, why WAS it garbage?)

    As for that poor lady, I hope she did get help.
  5. by   clemmm78
    the world is full of sad stories like that. We had one here in Montreal on the weekend. Workers went to visit a home to find out why they hadn't had contact with a senior for several. They found her in the freezer.

    The don't know if she died of natural causes and her son put her there, or if her son caused the death.

    So sad.
  6. by   bethin
    This is so sad.

    I'd like to hole myself up someplace where I have no contact with the outside world for a week or two...but two decades???? This woman has lost those years. She obviously has some serious mental issues and I hope she can conquer her fears and get treatment and live again.
  7. by   towntalker
    so sad a wasted life
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    That was interesting, Madwife. Poor woman. Here's another one that's interesting, I thought....