During Sunday Mass, a churchgoer pulled out his own eyes with his hands before collapsing in a pool of blood.
The British born man, known as 46 year old Aldo Bianchini, apparently stood up and then quite calmly pulled out his eyes in front of horrified parishners. His mothered tried to help him whilst the priest called for help, however when the man reached hospital in nearby Versilia, surgeons were unable to save his sight.
The man told doctors in Viareggio, Italy, he “heard voices” telling him to rip out his eyes. He has now been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he is receiving treatment. According to medics, Aldo had been in treatment for a psychiatric illness however he had not wanted to take the pills prescribed to him.
After the events had unfolded Priest Lorenzo Tanganelli, did manage to carry on with the Sunday Mass, he said of the events: “I’ve never seen so much blood. In the Bible, Jesus says: “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
The doctor who treated Also said the man did not complain or show any signal of physical pain, and answered correctly when asked his name. He said: “In the 26 years I have been practising, I have never seen anything like it. He would have needed absolutely super-human strength to pull his own eyes out with his hands.”
The poor man’s mother who had tried to comfort her son said: “He got up and started banging his head against the floor, he was covered in blood – I did not know what was happening, he didn’t say anything.”