Woman Wakes From Coma And Denies She Jumped From Cruise Ship
A woman in Italy has woken from a coma after she was thought to have attempted suicide by jumping off a cruise ship.
The 53-year-old woman from Turin, Italy woke to deny allegations that she tried to kill herself - an attempted murder investigation has been opened in Northern Italy.
She told police she had argued with her partner in their cabin on the Costa cruise ship docked in the Norwegian port of Flam before falling off the boat on July 19.
She told the Turin daily newspaper La Stampa that she couldn't remember how she managed to fall 115 feet from her balcony into the freezing waters.
“I don’t remember if he pushed me, but I certainly didn’t want to commit suicide,” Laura Stuardo said.
“It was an extremely long drop,” she said.
“I screamed, then there was the impact with the water. I don’t remember anything else.”
Stuardo's partner, Giovanni Pia, 55 told Norwegian police he tried to stop Stuardo from jumpin goof, but was unsuccessful.
She underwent a series of operations in Oslo, before being transported to Turin in a coma.
Pia has not been officially named as a suspect, but La Stampa reported that Stuardo and her teenage daughter had moved in with Pia, but he had abused her.
“One night he came home drunk after being involved in an accident,” the paper quoted her as saying.
“‘I’m kicking you out now,’ he started to shout, ‘you and your daughter. You two are tramps.’ He then grabbed me by the hair and dragged me out of the house.”
According to La Stampa, they booked the cruise to try and fix their relationship.
Stuardo is refusing visits from Pia, but has been visited regularly by her former husband and father of her daughter - with whom she spent 25 years.
“I have given orders to police and doctors to stop any contact with Mr. Pia,” her ex-husband told La Stampa.
“In Oslo, I never lost sight for a minute, especially at night, of the mother of my daughter.”
Source: Washington Post
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