Silvia Mereu, the mother of the child lost in the Marche flood: “So a wave snatched Mattia from me”

Silvia Mereu, the mother of the child lost in the Marche flood: “So a wave snatched Mattia from me”
Silvia Mereu, the mother of the child lost in the Marche flood: “So a wave snatched Mattia from me”
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Silvia Mereu is the pharmacist 42 years old from Barbara saved by the firefighters during the flood of the Marche. His son Mattia, 8, is on the list of missing persons. For his research in the territory of Castellone di Suasa a thermoscanner was also used. Silvia is hospitalized with a beginning of pneumonia. And she told a Republic what happened: «I had just left the pharmacy, it was 20maximum 20.30. Mattia had spent the afternoon with his father. TO Barbara it wasn’t raining, me and Mattia we live in San Lorenzo in Campo. I will have traveled by car on the Corinaldese less than ten kilometers. It started raining and then I saw that brown wave coming like a fury towards us ». At that point she tried to go back but she arrived another wave from the Nevola. At that point he decided to get out of the car with his son.

«Mattia is autistic. He doesn’t speak but he had terror in his eyes. I was trying to calm him down. I unfastened my seat belts and we found ourselves in that sea of ​​debris ». When another wave arrived, Silvia says, Mattia slipped from her arms: “I saw him clinging to a log. I tried to reach him, screamed at him “Mom is here, love”. I was clinging to branches, rocks, and then I climbed a tree. But I haven’t seen him since. There was only black around me ». Silvia she stood still for two hours, continuing to scream. Until the arrival of the rescuers who took her to the hospital. “I can’t lose hope. I know it’s not rational, it’s almost over 24 hours. But I want my son back. I launch an appeal to the rescuers: “Bring him back to his mother” ».

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