Mugurel’s Story / Povestea lui Mugurel Neagu
Romulus Cristea: “Did special ammunition, bullets with a vidia tip or dum-dum bullets, claim [any] victims? The press of the time was filled with such claims…”
Dan Voinea: There were no victims (people who were shot) from either vidia bullets or dum-dum bullets. During the entire period of the events war munitions were used, normal munitions that were found at the time in the arsenal of the Interior Ministry and the Defense Ministry.
General Dan Voinea, interview by Romulus Cristea, “Toti alergau dupa un inamic invizibil,” Romania Libera, 22 December 2005, online edition. http://www.romanialibera.ro/opinii/interviuri/-toti-alergau-dupa-un-inamic-invizibil—58783
General Voinea’s findings served as the basis for the chapter on December 1989 in the Raport Final of the Presidential Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania (CPADCR), also known as the “Tismaneanu Commission”
What is courage? Recklessness or clear thinking? Mugurel doesn’t know, but says that he was not entirely aware of the risks he would be facing. I couldn’t imagine that bullets could do so much harm. Nor that tracers would make such beautiful light trails. All he saw was a militiaman suddenly emerge from a platoon of shields with a machine gun, looking around and smoking a cigarette. Then darkness.
He understands and says: Okay, I’ll move on
Mugurel’s story embodies what we generally define with the term good, and its opposite, evil. The evil recognized in Mugurel’s mother when she abandoned him at 3 months.
The evil of civil war erupting in a square in Bucharest on December 21, 1989, because that country offered its population no future, where Mugurel was even prohibited from dreaming of a dignified life.
A war in which Mugurel was seriously wounded by a militiaman who fired at him with a machine gun. Evil again in the hospitals of the Romanian capital, where the madness of war transformed the physicians into potential executioners. Their task became to identify collaborators with the dictator Ceausescu, the so-called “children of Ceausescu”.
Finally, good also appears, and it is the timely reappearance of Mugurel’s adoptive mother in hospital, where she saves his life by stating that the wounded person is her son and not a child of the dictator. All this while Mugurel is crying; crying tears caused and prolonged by several situations occurring within just a few moments. Strong and dramatic emotions: fear of dying or being left to dye, then finally finding the mother who saves him. Things that proceed at the speed of a camera shutter.
And then there is a lot of good. Good represented globally by Italy. A good that in any case has names and surnames. Maria Pia Fanfani, then president of the Italian Red Cross who became personally involved in transferring Mugurel to Italy, in order to start all the medical treatment required immediately.
The good represented by the multitude of hospital staff that treated and looked after Mugurel.
One special name is Prof. Piero Conti, with whom Mugurel would even form a father-son type bond. The effect of the professor makes him abandon his thoughts of suicide and gives Mugurel the strength to accept the wheelchair and begin a new life.
The good in bringing Mugurel back once more after returning to Romania for several years, and then requiring further treatment in order to avoid dialysis. Today, Mugurel is married to Malek and lives in Florence, in an apartment that can meet the needs of someone with spinal injuries. He receives an invalidity pension and has a job that he likes. Reading Mugurel’s story should stimulate each of us to pursue the path of tolerance and solidarity and hating any form of violence such as war. It’s easy to forget the theory of a famous seventeenth century Neapolitan historian-philosopher, Gianbattista Vico, who believed in history repeating itself.
By chance Mugurel had finished working by then. Again by chance, he stepped out onto the street in front of the hotel. Just as by chance, that afternoon he had met some friends. And by chance he entered into history.
There had been clashes at Timisoara two days earlier. An immense crowd it was said. Unimaginable. The city rebelled against the police. There was talk of wounded, and some fatalities. For twenty year old youths, this was disturbing news. For some time they had seen their country as an open air prison. Forbidden to move around. Forbidden to criticize the government. Hot water only for two hours per day. The same for electricity and heating. Forbidden to dream of a future. Also, there were shortages of medicines, petrol and sugar. Bread and oil were rationed. It seemed natural that the level of anger would grow. You could see it in the eyes of the old, who were not merely tired of life, but enraged about what had happened, and you could hear it in the words of friends, saying it was necessary to react, to do something. At Timisoara for example, after the Berlin wall had come down, something had happened. The world had started to turn. In short, there was new hope.
That it was a special day, could be seen in the people. The street, normally so empty, was filling up. What was happening? The answer was that the government had organized a huge event in support of Nicolae Ceausescu. A massive crowd was heading towards Ghoerge Gheorgiu Dej square and, along with that, heavily armed battalions of the Militia. A tidal wave aimed at responding to the growing unrest in the population. The party had to show that at Timisoara the disorder had been created by counter-revolutionaries. They wished to debate with the Soviets, in particular with Mikhail Gorbachev, the offender who had sent a telegram that was very critical of the president’s policies. Above all they wished to show the world the strength of Romania: a crowded square, one hundred thousand, perhaps two hundred thousand people, would have silenced anyone. It was December 21, 1989.
Laris Mugurel Neagu was an orphan. His biological mother had abandoned him at the age of three months. Fortunately for him, he was taken in by her aunt and uncle, a little advanced in years and without children, removing him from a squalid orphanage on the outskirts of Bucharest. And he was grateful to them. And thanks to this he had grown up to be as strong as a bull. He took part in Greco-Roman wrestling. At the age of fifteen he became the national champion in the 63 kilogram category. At seventeen he held the same title in the 71 kilogram category. On time with his studies. Then enrolment at the city’s catering school with the dream of becoming head waiter in a large hotel in the city center. He only had another three years to go. Then the money ran out. It was said that the reason for this poverty, burdening the country like the seven plagues of Egypt, was Ceausescu, who had built up an enormous amount of foreign debt for the country, whereby he exported all the goods produced by Romania. Starving the population.
Complicated matters. Twenty years old, it’s difficult to know what the foreign debt was. The gross domestic product. Agreements with the International Monetary Fund. At that age only the facts count. And the fact was that Mugurel could no longer continue to be a student. So he went to work as a waiter. A mere waiter. Evening shifts to earn more money. He was engaged to a girl who he loved with all his heart. If he had not met up with his friends that evening, he probably would have gone out with her. Or perhaps not. Certainly, two weeks later they would have celebrated their anniversary. They would have celebrated, they would have had fun.
History states that on that day in Bucharest, in that square, there were over a hundred thousand people. That Nicolae Ceausescu would appear on the Central Committee balcony together with his wife and a band of whining bureaucrats. That he would speak live on television. That after just eight minutes, for the first time in his life, someone below would attempt to break the police cordon in order to challenge him. Spitting, pushing, whistling and embarrassing shouts (“Murderer – Timisoara – Die”). That, in a panic, agents from State Security and the secret service would start to shoot into the crowd, and all control was lost, people were running around and trying to escape any way possible. Ceausescu was removed very quickly, and television transmissions were interrupted, groups of youths, finally free from fear, would occupy the streets, skirmishing with the Militia, breaking windows and setting fire to vehicles. History also states that among them was also Mugurel, a Greco-Roman wrestling champion who had no fear, not even for bullets. Mugurel, who could hit like a hammer. Who moved from one group to another. Who showed all his rage. Mugurel, who was desperate. Almost twenty years old with no future.
Among sirens, jeeps, fleets of vehicles and fire engines spraying freezing water, after an hour of clashes the boy was completely drenched. It was winter. It was freezing. He decided to go home to change. When his father saw him, he implored him not to go. Not to go out. He told him to stop, it’s dangerous. But how can you stop a boy, caught up in the excitement of the moment? So sure of himself. Too much anger in his system. “I didn’t listen to him” he says, seated in the sitting room of his house in Florence, “I only wanted to strike out and strike out and strike out again, to knock down the walls of that prison”.
What is courage? Recklessness or clear thinking? Mugurel doesn’t know, but says that he was not entirely aware of the risks he would be facing. I couldn’t imagine that bullets could do so much harm. Nor that tracers would make such beautiful light trails. All he saw was a militiaman suddenly emerge from a platoon of shields with a machine gun, while he was looking around, smoking a cigarette. Then darkness.
A friend was to tell his father, Mr. Neagu. He told him his son had been wounded. That they took him away in an ambulance. He immediately set about tracing the body. They went to one, then two, then three hospitals, before finding him in a basement. He was crammed haphazardly in a dirty and cold room, naked, amongst fifty other people. A kind of chamber of horrors, bodies buried under other corpses, pale, bluish, unconscious, while a nurse, (cigarette in mouth) washed the poor pile of abandoned limbs with a water hose, while blood continued to flow beneath.
Someone said that the bullet had hit a lung and a kidney and then exited from the youth’s back. They also said he had no chance of surviving. Too serious. “Take him home old man, give him a good funeral.”
The man took his son, but paid no attention to the doctor. Thus began the pilgrimage of pain. Hospital after hospital in a crazy Bucharest, between check points and road blocks, looted shops and columns of smoke. Until meeting a physician with more compassion than the others; “We’ll see what we can do.”
However, Mugurel only found this out six months later, indeed that’s how long he was unconscious for. He remembers little or nothing of his wounding, and what little he does recall is accompanied by an unbearable miasma of horror. He remembers, for example, being awoken on a makeshift bed where they removed his bloody clothes, he remembers that the blood coming out of his mouth was making bubbles, he remembers feeling cold, being in a dark room, he remembers the pain and the terror and a physician asking questions: “Are you a child of Ceausescu?” the man shouted “Tell me!” He remembers trying to answer no and that the other insisted: “Answer me or I’ll call the police!”
The children of Ceausescu, in the Romanian parlance of the time, were collaborators. Indeed, it was said that the dictator recruited soldiers for the Militia directly from the orphanages. In those days, accusing someone of being a child of the despot meant a death sentence. This is why Mugurel shouted no and that it wasn’t the case, that in the square he was on the other side, and that he hit those “children” with anything that came to hand, but it was useless. “Show me the documents,” the man insisted.
How could he explain that he was not well, that his mind was not clear, that in his trips from one hospital to the other he had lost his clothes, and that under the cover he was naked with no ID documents? He then began to cry. Desperately, a boy of nineteen, who just two years earlier had been the Romanian Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and five years earlier, a child attending middle school. Then, who knows how and informed by who knows who, his mother appeared, worried, terrorized and breathless. She said he was not a child of Ceausescu. He was her son.
Mugurel’s salvation came one cold morning with the face of a famous Italian woman, dressed in military clothes, a uniform full of ribbons and medals and signs of rank. She was the President of the National Women’s Committee of the Italian Red Cross. Her name was Maria Pia Fanfani, the wife of Amintore, previous Chairman of the Council and the Senate and, between 1965 and 1966, of the UN General Assembly. As part of her intense aid activities, taking her into the midst of the world’s greatest tragedies, she also arrived in Bucharest.
Television images of the revolution had by now travelled around the world. The former communist bloc was literally crumbling. By bringing down the Berlin wall, the policies of Gorbachev had set all of Moscow’s satellite countries in motion. However, only in Romania was the popular revolution so violent and bloody. Mugurel still did not know that on December 21, 13 youths had been killed. All shot by machine gun. He had no idea of the wounded like him. Just as he didn’t know that the powerful Nicolae Ceausescu had been shot, together with his wife, and buried in haste and rage by his own colonels. His country fell prey to political chaos. The hospitals were abandoned. The major institutions were without leadership. A provisional government was formed and forced to govern in total emergency.
A dramatic picture, where the severity of his wounds did not allow for much optimism. And so Maria Pia Fanfani said; let’s take him to Italy. But he didn’t want that. Italy? Where is Italy? An unknown country, far away. Never in his twenty years would he have thought or dreamed of going to Italy. He imagined and dreamed of staying in Romania, staying with his girlfriend, of making enough money to become a head waiter in the capital’s most important hotel. But his mother, who had been by his side and with his father ever since they found each other again, and had spoken with the physicians, insisted in between her tears; go to Italy, they’ll make you better there. There you’ll find what has been stolen from you here.
So he left. He did it with his heart on fire. In tears. He felt he was dying and would like this to happen in his own country, with his mother by his side. But there was something to be understood. His twentieth birthday would have been in less than ten days. Then he lost consciousness.
He remembers nothing of his arrival in Careggi CTO (Hospital Trauma Centre) in Florence. Just as he doesn’t remember the trip, the airplane or the ambulance. He says that when he came to, he was in an aseptic, clean room, full of tubes: in the nose, his mouth, all over his body. He had no idea how much time had elapsed. He knew nothing of his mother and his father. He knew nothing about anything.
While six months had gone by. Six months in a pharmacological coma. He was hungry. He asked where he was. He was amazed that they only spoke in Italian. He did not understand.
He still remembers little of those dramatic and excited days, and what little that emerged was confused. He had forgotten about the protests, the wounds, Mrs. Fanfani, but in any case he could see that her decision had saved his life. He also forgot that he had been wounded. Then, slowly, things began to emerge. And then when he was told that a lung had been removed, that he had spinal surgery to avoid gangrene, and that his condition was still very serious, he began to cry.
Then a small ray of sunlight. In fact, a miracle. Suddenly, at the door of the room, appeared his mother and his father. His surprise was enormous. Just as his state of mental confusion. He asked how they had managed to find him all by themselves in such a faraway place. He didn’t realize there was an entire organization following him. That his parents had been sent to Italy to give consent for another operation, a delicate operation this time. Very delicate. And that the medical staff could not proceed without their consent.
And so two days later he was once more in the operating room. The operation lasted more than fifteen hours. They removed the injured kidney and operated on the vertebrae damaged by the bullet. The aim was to remove the destroyed bone fragments and reconstruct the structure of the backbone. It was then they learned of the injury to the bone marrow at T1-T12-L1. That one of the bullets was the dum-dum type, with the head notched so as to explode inside the body and do as much damage as possible.
For Mugurel the memory is difficult. Some time later his mom and dad returned to Romania. He was once more alone, in a strange country with a language he didn’t understand. He almost immediately fell into depression. How does one imagine being in that condition at the age of twenty? At that age it’s necessary to have a goal. A purpose. A list of desires to be submit to destiny. Instead everything became gray and dark. What will happen, he asked, what will become of my career as a waiter? What will my future be like? It’s a daily war with yourself, filled with questions to which no reply can be found. At the same time the nursing staff are rushing around. Even the doctors are rushing. Only the surgeon who conducted the operation stops to listen.
His name is Piero Conti. He is a good man who understands his tragedy. A patient and competent person who slowly helps him to exit the glass bubble. It’s not for nothing he defines him as his surrogate dad. The surgeon’s brother, Professor Renato Conti, also intervenes, but in a different way: he provokes him, tries to get him to react. He stimulates him. In certain aspects, he worries him with his hard line and his severity.
With the passing days and weeks, he becomes aware that the two doctors are in fact playing roles. They have understood that the boy needs reassurance, but also to be stimulated, and so they have divided their roles. Each morning he is asked to get up, get dressed, and become familiar with the wheelchair, perform catheterization, and to get to know some patients with the same condition. A difficult battle. Exhausting. Because as soon as you wake up, the first question is; why all this? What’s the point?
Mugurel begins to believe that a life like that isn’t worth it. That it’s best just to die. He imagines throwing himself out of the window and in an instant immediately wiping out all the leaden thoughts keeping him bound to this disability. Until one day while on the panorama terrace, he talked once more with Professor Pietro. A long discussion. Difficult. Dramatic. Merciless. Where he was told: “You’ll never walk again”. And where he answers, with great difficulty and with tears in his eyes, “Okay”. A word that throws the windows wide open. Finally, everything was out in the fresh, sweet, spring air. The will to live. Because Mugurel agrees to collaborate. He accepts the wheelchair. He accepts the idea of looking for work and finding friends. He’ll do it because now he has faith. Because he has listened to the physicians around him. Because he has listened to the professor and understood him.
He starts going to the gym. He learns to perform intermittent catheterization. He currently weighs 41 kilograms, physically different from when, at the age of 17, he won the Romanian national Greco-Roman wrestling championship. He understands that his destiny is sealed. That his arms will become his legs.
He is transferred to the Spinal Unit. It’s a hard undertaking. Get up early in the morning, go to the gym and them work with the wheelchair. And then exercise, exercise and more exercise. For Mugurel it’s exhausting. So he asks to be transferred to Impruneta, near Florence, to another rehabilitation center. He’s there for six months. He then he decides to apply for political asylum.
He has just turned twenty-one. It’s uncertain. He looks around. He is not exactly sure of what to do. But Romania was calling. He makes it with mom, a few friends, and with dad. He makes it with his fiancée. He is still in love with the girl that was in love with him when he had his health, his legs, and his youth. She sends him a letter full of love and nostalgia. He believes that he must go with his feelings. He can’t live without love. So he abandons the plan for political asylum and decides to return.
But returning is hard. Very hard. The Romania waiting for him is different from Italy. His parent’s house is not equipped. It is a modest seventh floor home, with no elevator, on the outskirts of Bucharest. It has no equipped bathroom. It’s a disaster. Even without considering that mom and dad are old and can no longer help him. He thus finds himself a prisoner in his own home and decides to move to a military hospital.
Indeed Romania has now recognized him as a hero. A diploma and a medal dedicated to the uprising of December 21, 1989 with the inscription: “Diploma of a fighter for the victory of the Romanian revolution”. More prosaically, for him it means the awarding of certain privileges: free passes for buses, airplanes, and in this precise case, admission to military hospitals free of charge. No furnished housing for revolutionaries, no jobs, no monthly checks allowing a dignified life. Only the right to build a house on a plot of land provided by the state. But he does not have the money to pay for builders … Oh well.
So the hospital became his only possible refuge. There he has meals, a bed, and a lot of time on his hands. He wanders around the courtyard with other patients. Chatting. Smoking, a lot. He makes a few friends. But there is no gym, just as there is no rehabilitation. A trip to Italy every now and then for check-ups.
Things didn’t work out with the girlfriend. He pursued love and ended up down a blind alley. But it’s too late for regrets. In one of his many retorts, Professor Conti made him understand explicitly. It is not easy to reapply for Italian citizenship that has already been refused. So it’s worthwhile returning to Bucharest.
In the Romanian capital, as a hero, he finally found a house. But life knocks him with all that he had learned in Florence: no independence, unsurmountable architectural barriers, little solidarity. Little willingness. No assistance. However, he gets his driver’s license. He gets a sales tax registration and looks for work. Basically, he gets organized. He has his invalidity tools sent from Carreggi.
But his system cannot hold up. He is ill after a few years. The Romanian physician examining him is explicit: “The surviving kidney is full of kidney stones. The only alternative is dialysis. It would be best to return to Italy. Perhaps they can help you there.” This was in 2001. He decides to leave once more.
Through the Red Cross, and his friend the Professor, he returns to the Traumatology Centre in Florence. He is treated in Neuro-Urology. More suffering. More operations. The kidney is saved and the specter of dialysis dismissed. He finally achieves autonomous control of his bowel functions. This allows him an improved social life.
With his health improved, he finds a place in a group home. But he is not at ease. Almost all the other guests are affected by psychological illnesses. He feels isolated. He then calls the Romanian honorary Consul in Florence, who refers him to Milan. At this point in his story he sets the state bureaucracy in motion. Deep down, he is a hero. It’s a problem of image. Gratitude. So the ambassador is informed by the hospital physicians who confirm the severity of his condition and advise against returning to Bucharest, at the risk of a serious relapse.
His case is handled at the highest Italian-Romanian diplomatic and government level. Finally, an agreement is reached.
At this point, the precarious history of Mugurel’s status changes. He receives documents certifying his right to remain in Italy. He is granted leave to resubmit his citizenship application. He gains a position as an employee in a social care organization.
Between the highs and lows of waiting for a house, he sleeps in several communities (once even in a public dormitory) until he is given a furnished apartment.
From that point onwards, for Mugurel, the hero wounded in the revolution against Nicolae Ceausescu, his life was back on a more normal track. He gets an Italian sales tax registration. He trades clothing between Italy and Romania. A business with a good return. He is helped by his sister. During one of the many trips to go and visit his mother (his father died in 2001) he meets a girl. They like each other. They write to each other. They listen to each other. In the end they meet up and fall in love. Then they get married.
Her name is Malek, and she is studying Arabic in Bucharest. She has applied to continue her studies in Italy. In the meantime, he receives an Italian invalidity pension, and a smaller pension as a hero of Romania. He plays sports with the Spinal Unit associations. He is in business with a range of activities. In short, despite of everything, he has regained his life.
The first Spinal Unit was built by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, immediately after the second world war. Guttmann was a German neurosurgeon who felt his homeland’s responsibility for the dramatic war that caused, ruin, death and also many people with spinal injuries. It is sad that fifty years later, man had still not managed to control his destructive potential. For Mugurel, the colors of youth were transformed into an abyss.
He entered into a nightmare consisting of unrecognizable locations, cold faces and some friendly smiles, different languages. A healthcare emigrant, an emigrant for survival when everyone considered him finished. Rehabilitation, partly undermined by the negligence of youth, and partly by tiredness and the desire to return to his homeland after years of hospitalization. His was a homeland where you didn’t become a hero by chance, but by being a victim of events. This time, emigration was for healthcare reasons, but also for a more sustainable lifestyle. In Connie’s story, people with spinal injuries in Italy emigrated for healthcare reasons. Today we must learn to restore what has been given to those living with the same problems in the country by helping to establish the necessary facilities. Mugurel managed to give up his native land, and found himself and sustainable healthcare in Italy.
Mugurel Neagu, împuşcat de trei ori la Revoluţie: “Fără indemnizaţie voi muri de foame”
ARTICOL POSTAT DE: Claudiu Pacearcă
POSTAT: 21 December 2011, Ora 00:00
Câteva sute de revoluţionari au luat cu asalt, ieri, piaţa Victoriei, pentru a-şi striga nemulţumirile faţă de decizia premierului Boc de a le tăia indemnizaţiile. Printre ei s-a aflat şi Mugurel Neagu (41 de ani), rămas paralizat după ce a fost lovit de trei gloanţe în decembrie 1989, iar apoi a zăcut şase luni în comă.
Membrii mai multor asociaţii de revoluţionari au protestat, ieri, la Guvern, pentru a determina autorităţile să renunţe la proiectul care le-ar putea anula indemnizaţiile.
Aruncat în morga de la Spitalul Colţea
În centrul lor s-a aflat unul dintre cei mai autentici revoluţionari, Mugurel Neagu, 41 de ani. În jurul bărbatului ţintuit într-un scaun cu rotile se formase un adevărat lanţ uman. “Uitaţi-vă la omul ăsta! L-au nenorocit comuniştii şi securiştii şi aştia îl nenorocesc din nou!”, striga unul dintre protestatari. Cu ochii plini de lacrimi, Mugurel ne-a spus cutremurătoarea poveste a vieţii sale.
“Eram pe 21 decembrie, la baricadă. Dinspre scutieri a ieşit un soldat care a tras o rafală de trasoare. Un glonţ mi-a distrus un plămân, iar al doilea, un rinichi. Un alt treilea glonţ, dum-dum, mi-a pulverizat două vertebre şi măduva spinării. Am fost dus la Spitalul Colţea şi m-am trezit, după şase luni de comă, în Italia. Părinţii mi-au povestit cum tata a venit pe 22 să mă ia de la spital. Eram aruncat, dezbrăcat, într-un subsol, între 40-50 de cadavre, cu vreo şase corpuri peste mine, iar un individ ne spăla cu un furtun cu apă. Tata a insistat şi un medic m-a reexaminat şi a descoperit că am puls. Am fost dus în Italia prin Crucea Roşie. Nu am un plămân, un rinichi şi sunt paralizat. Am 1.200 de lei ajutor de handicap şi 3.000 de lei indemnizaţie de revoluţionar. Dacă îmi taie ultima sumă, din ce pot să mai trăiesc? Locuiesc cu chirie şi am multe cheltuieli. Pentru ce a căzut comunismul?”, s-a întrebat revoltat Mugurel.
S-au îmbrâncit cu jandarmii în faţa Guvernului
Sloganurile revoluţionarilor strânşi ieri în Piaţa Victoriei au vizat personajele din Guvern, din Parlament sau de la Cotroceni. La un moment dat situaţia a devenit tensionată şi revoluţionarii au forţat cordonul de ordine instalat de Jandarmerie. Oamenii legii au intervenit pentru a calma situaţia.
Ion Iliescu, făcut criminal în plenul Parlamentului
Şedinţă cu scântei la comemorarea a 22 de ani de la Revoluţia din Decembrie 1989, de ieri, de la Parlament. Liderul Asociaţiei “21 Decembrie”, Doru Mărieş, l-a criticat pe Ion Iliescu, acuzându-l de crimele de acum 22 de ani. În semn de protest că le-a fost atacat mentorul politic, cei din PSD au părăsit sala. La plecare, revoluţionarii care au asistat la şedinţă le-au strigat parlamentarilor: “Hoţii”, iar două persoane aflate în greva foame au avut nevoie de intervenţia ambulanţei.
POVESTEA MACABRĂ A UNUI TÂNĂR ÎMPUŞCAT LA BARICADĂ: ,,Pe 24 decembrie m-a găsit tata la morgă, printre 50 de cadavre”
Una dintre cele mai şocante întâmplări din timpul tragicelor evenimente din decembrie 1989 este cea în care un tânăr de 20 de ani a fost împuşcat pe 21, la baricadă, şi descoperit de tatăl lui pe 24 decembrie, viu, printre morţii de la morga Spitalului Colţea.
Povestea lui Mugurel Neagu este desprinsă, parcă, din scenariile celor mai dramatice filme. În data de 21 decembrie 1989, tânărul, care la aceea vreme avea doar 20 de ani, s-a aflat în mijlocul evenimentelor tragice din București. ,,În seara zilei de 21 decembrie, mă aflam la baricadă, unde m-am oprit în drumul spre serviciu, eu fiind ospătar la ,,Ambasador”. La un moment dat, dinspre scutieri a ieşit un soldat care a tras o rafală. Un glonţ mi-a distrus un plămân, iar al doilea, un rinichi. Un alt treilea glonţ, dum-dum (n.r.- proiectil care explodează în momentul atingerii ţintei), venit, aşa cum s-a stabilit în urma unui raport balistic, de pe Teatrul Naţional, mi-a pulverizat două vertebre şi măduva spinării. Am fost dus la Spitalul Colţea, iar pe 24 decembrie m-a găsit tata la morgă. Eram aruncat printre 40-50 de cadavre, cu mai multe corpuri peste mine, iar un individ ne spăla cu un furtun cu apă. Tata a observat că sunt cald şi a isistat să fiu reexaminat şi s-a descoperit astfel că sunt viu. Eram în comă, iar după câteva zile am fost dus în Italia, prin Crucea Roşie”, ne-a povestit Mugurel. După 25 de ani de la evenimentele tragice, bărbatul care are acum 45 de ani, se află în prezent tot într-un spital din Italia, asta pentru că în ultimele săptămâni a suferit câteva complicaţii, ca urmare a celor 27 de operaţii pe care le are.
„Chiar acum (n.r. – ieri) sunt pe perfuzii, pentru că am febră mare, în urma dilatării rinichiului unic”, ne-a spus Mugurel, ieri, într-o convorbire pe Internet.