Italy's and Juventus' Football star, Alessandro Del Piero, could be a future candidate for sainthood—as reports credit him with not a small miracle of waking a girl from a coma.
Twelve-year-old Giada Scalise was watching Juventus play on TV on January 22, presumably the Atlanta-Juventus match of the previous day, when she suffered a brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma.
Fox News reports that the desperate parents contacted the Football stars for help days after the unfortunate incident.
"Del Piero responded with an audio and video message, which was played to the sick girl, saying, 'Hello Giada, this is Alessandro Del Piero. I hope you'll wake up and come back to us as soon as possible to watch many of our games.'"
Nurses played this message for the unconscious Giada on a daily basis, the report continued—eventually the girl stirred and within hours she was asking for ice cream.
Here's the rest of the report:
Her father, Francesco Scalise, told local reporters he was in no doubt that the 37-year-old forward's messages helped to trigger the breakthrough.
His daughter was forced to wait a little longer to see Del Piero and Juventus in action again, though.
Whether or not one believes Del Piero's message and the girl's return from a coma are only a coincidental connection, one can only admit this is a heart-warming story.
Del Piero won the Word Cup with Italy in 2006 and he is an idol at Juventus. He also supports and promotes cancer research.