On Friday 6 August 2021, in the company of Nicla, my niece, and of her mother and her father, Marco, and of Paolo, Nicla’s brother, and of Marisa Beccaria, Head of the Missionary Animation Centre (MAC) of the Brothers of the Holy Family, and myself, we went to Belley to give thanks to Brother Gabriel, whose intercession had been requested that night when my niece, Nicla Bonardi, was about to receive two new lungs.

In mid-July 2010, Nicla, aged 22, suffering from cystic fibrosis since birth, was admitted to hospital in a condition deemed extremely serious. The following days, due to a lung collapse, she was placed under extracorporeal circulation (ECMO) and put on the national emergency waiting list to receive a lung transplant.

On the night of July 28, she underwent a long transplant operation led by the team of Professor Saint Ambrose at the Policlinic in Milan. In addition to this extremely serious situation, Nicla was invaded by the bacterium (Burkholderia -cepacia), resistant to any antibiotic.

At the end of the operation, the only words of Professor Mario Nosotti, a member of the team, were “Nicla is breathing!”.

Daniela, Nicla’s mother, states verbatim : “Four days after the transplant and intensive care, Nicla was disconnected from the ECMO and the ventilator, Nicla was brought to the hospital ward. In front of the ward door, there was Professor Nosotti and me. When she passed by, I looked at Professor Nosotti and I said to him: “You can see, Professor, you have done a miracle”. He looked at me and said: “No, Madam, we didn’t do any miracle with Nicla. Many people must have prayed”. And I said to him: “Yes, that’s true, because we have so many people who love Nicla”.

 And from that moment on, Nicla’s recovery was progressive and constant, with the surprise of the definitive disappearance of the bacterium “cepacia”, which was inexplicable even for the doctors. I would like to point out that, until nowadays, the presence of this bacterium makes life expectancy almost nil, the patient losing the possibility of a transplant.

 This year, at the invitation of her parents, Ugo Bonardi and Castellini Daniela, I was able to celebrate with Nicla’s family, the 11th year of her rebirth and thank the Lord for the grace received through the intercession of his servant, Brother Gabriel Taborin, whom we had intensely invoked at the time of the operation and afterwards.

                                                                                               Brother Giacomo Bonardi FSF