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Rocco Gandolfo, son of Mike Gandolfo, remains in coma after Jan. 13 crash

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Rocco Gandolfo, the 23-year-old son of Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Mike Gandolfo, is on his 17th day of being in a coma since he was injured in a car crash earlier this month

Mike Gandolfo posted a message on his Facebook page Sunday updating friends and family on Rocco's condition. He shared that message with the Times:

"So Rocco was not able to get the tracheotomy the other day and tomorrow will mark 17 days in a coma. All the prayers and love being sent to this boy are keeping Liz and I from total despair. We are tackling each day one at a time. They have rescheduled the procedure for tomorrow (Monday) morning and we are remaining optimistic. I am confident that once this procedure is done, and they back off on the sedation, we will be able to communicate with our son.

"It is amazing how the priorities in your life can change in a single moment. What was once insignificant becomes monumentally important and what was once a priority becomes much less important. I have heard FEA President Joanne McCall say, on more than one occasion, "don't let it go unsaid." Let those you love know it every day. My boys know how much I love them and how proud I am of them and whether or not the Rock can hear me right now, Liz and I tell him we love him and how much he means to us.

"With your continued prayers, he will be able to say it back to us in a few days. We are so grateful to you all for your support, prayers and positive thoughts. Thank you."

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:45pm]

    

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