- Category : 1956-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (11)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Limitation 2
Italian doctor and microbiologist and the first to identify severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as a new and dangerously contagious viral disease. Although he became infected and died, his early warning to the World Health Organization (WHO) touched off a massive response that helped save the lives of millions of people around the world.
On 11 March 2003, he flew from Hanoi to a conference in Bangkok, Thailand where he was to talk on the subject of childhood parasites. Due to the work he did in Hanoi treating SARS infected patients, Urbani had become infected with the virus himself. As his lungs weakened he was put on a respirator. During a moment of consciousness, Urbani asked for a priest to give him last rites and, according to the Italian Embassy in Bangkok, said he wanted his lung tissue saved for scientific research. Urbani died on 29 March 2003 at 11:45 AM, after 18 days of intensive care.