Father Tanganelli, the priest at this particular service explained, “'I had just started to read the sermon when all of a sudden there was a great commotion. The man at the back of the knave started tearing at his face and I realized he was gouging out his eyes.”
“He was in a great deal of agony and he was covered in blood,” said Dr. Barbacci, the man who attempted to save Bianchini’s eyesight. Bianchini told doctors that he hears voices often and it was these voices that instructed him to gouge his own eyes out.
Bianchini somehow mustered up the super human strength it would take to complete such an act and then collapsed into a pool of blood. Luckily there were off-duty paramedics nearby who went to help him as they waited for an ambulance.
Bianchini was picked up from Sant’Andrea church and taken to a local hospital where doctors began to operate in the hopes of repairing his eyesight. Unfortunately, there was too much damage done and Bianchini will remain blind.