A five-year-old boy is awakened from a medically induced coma and finds out that both his parents and his brother were killed in the tragic cable car accident in northern Italy that killed 14 people.
Eitan Biran is reportedly being brought around by “cautiously optimistic” medics today after an MRI scan showed he escaped brain damage in Sunday’s horror accident.
Little Eitan is the only survivor of the devastating gondola accident that killed 14 of the 15 people on board while being transported from Stresa on Lake Maggiore to Mount Mottarone in the Italian Alps.
Doctors at Turin Regina Margherita Hospital warned Eitan of progress, but are not out of the woods yet.
His doctor said that the next few days will be crucial for the boy’s recovery and that from the moment he wakes up he will be supported by psychologists in dealing with the trauma, his family, the Italian newspaper to have lost la Repubblica reports.
“The child had a peaceful night in the hospital, he is in a stable condition and this led the medical team to start the procedure this morning to wake him up by gradually reducing the medication that is keeping him in a coma,” said Giovanni La Valle, General Manager of the Città della Salute Hospital, said.
The cable car was approaching a station on the 400-meter-high Mottarone Mountain when it fell, rolled down the steep terrain and crashed into trees.
Investigators said Monday their first investigation into the disaster would look at how the cable broke and why a safety braking mechanism failed to activate.
The cable is believed to have tragically torn as it neared its final stop in the 20-minute drive.
Italian prosecutors have started investigations into alleged involuntary manslaughter and negligence.
“We are based on empirical findings. The cable sheared and the safety brake system clearly did not work,” said Olimpia Bossi public prosecutor.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini visited the area on Monday and said the government would also set up a commission to investigate Italy’s worst cable car disaster since 1998, when 20 people died after a low-flying US fighter accidentally severed a support cable.
“The government and all institutions are naturally keen to understand the causes and to understand what happened,” Giovannini told reporters.