The Mantua prosecutor is investigating for the crime of instigating suicide in relation to the death of Giuseppe De Donno, the former head of pneumology at the Carlo Poma hospital and father of anti-Covid therapy with hyperimmune plasma. Among the acts ordered by the prosecutor there is also an autopsy on the doctor's body, which will be carried out in the mortuary of the Mantua hospital.
In practice, the objective of the investigators is to understand if someone could have induced the former primary, who on July 5 had started his new activity as a general practitioner after leaving the hospital, to take his own life, without leaving any message. But everything leaves for the moment to lean towards the voluntary gesture.
De Donno allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself and was found last Tuesday by family members in his home in Eremo di Curtatone. The carabinieri and the magistrate heard family members, his wife and two children, while the doctor's cell phones and computer were seized. The funeral won't be held until next week.
De Donno, in the hot months of last year's pandemic, had become the symbol of the fight against the virus
conducted with plasma taken from the infected and cured and then transfused into the sick. His battle to impose the therapy had aroused much controversy, dividing public opinion on social media between for and against. De Donno was a frequent visitor, until a few months ago, of Facebook, where even with false profiles he discussed with himself the efficacy of hyperimmune plasma. Some time ago, however, he had come out of it when he realized that many of his followers were no vax. On social media, his death, in addition to arousing grief and emotion, also triggered a jumble of conspiracy theories. Above all, on his sudden decision to resign as head of hospital to pursue the career of a family doctor. De Donno, publicly, does nothad ever related to the disappointment with hyperimmune plasma therapy judged ineffective; that stop, on the other hand, had brought back the ghosts of an old psychological unease that had hitherto been kept under control. Paradoxically, the Covid emergency with the need to stay in the ward for up to 18 hours next to patients had a positive effect on De Donno, which vanished as the emergency in the hospital faded.