New setback for brave Guido 17 years after savage city park attack
GUIDO Nasi, the Italian man who was left paralysed after he was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Dublin 17 years ago, has undergone surgery after suffering further health complications.
Brave Guido, who turns 34 tomorrow, has spent the latter part of his life struggling to cope with irreversible injuries after he was mindlessly struck over the head in Dublin's Fairview Park in 1999.
The savage attack left Guido - a fun-loving and able-bodied teenager on his first trip to Ireland at the time - partially sighted, no longer able to walk or even feed himself.
Over the past 12 months, family friends have admitted they are increasingly worried about Guido's mental health.
The Italian national lives alone with his 74-year-old mother, Simonetta, in a small apartment in Turin.
Wheelchair-bound Guido, who in the early years following his attack used to trawl the internet endlessly looking for something to alleviate his condition, has increasingly suffered bouts of depression, as he was finally forced to accept the unpalatable truth that there is no chance of any improvement.
To make matters worse, Guido, who requires round-the-clock care, faced another huge fight in recent months when he was rushed to hospital after feeling ill.
He underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine - a condition triggered by his inability to control his muscles following his attack - and spent almost two months recovering in hospital.
Although Guido has since recovered from the surgery, the setback has left his mother Simonetta, his only carer, increasingly worried about her ability to look after him.
"It's been a difficult time for Guido and Simonetta," said Bernadette Kelly, a Dublin-based victim support volunteer who built up a close friendship with the Nasi family following the attack.
"Guido wants to move out and live as independent a life as he can, and that's something he's wanted for a long time.
"But since his surgery he's gone back home with his mother and she's finding it harder and harder to cope.
"Simonetta isn't getting any younger and she's now looking to employ a carer to help her look after Guido. She's interviewing people at the moment."
Bernadette, who is a fluent Italian speaker, added: "Unfortunately it doesn't get any easier and the past year has been a very tough one.
"Poor Guido was convinced for years he would recover, but now he knows he won't get better and that's made his depression worse.
"His dreams to be normal again had kept him going. He still has a deep love of Ireland and the Irish people, despite what happened to him here.
"He had dreamed about moving over here, but realistically that isn't going to happen.
"He was just a boy of 17 when the attack happened and changed everything forever."