UI student Andrew Mogni sustained serious injuries after a fall in Rome on January 14, 2015 and sadly passed away on Sunday morning, April 5, 2015, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The following is a list of official updates released by the University of Iowa and International Programs throughout Andrew's hospitalization.
January 14, 2015:
On January 14, Andrew Mogni, 20, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois was hospitalized following injuries from a severe fall in Rome, Italy. Mogni had arrived in Rome that day for a semester-long study abroad program at John Cabot University. Andrew was a third-year finance major at the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity at the UI.
Police initially reported that the injuries Andrew sustained on January 14 appeared to be the result of an accidental fall. Sadly, it is possible that a robbery took place either before or after his fall. Since the police investigation is ongoing, we do not know with certainty what happened or whether a crime caused Andrew’s injuries. The police are considering all possibilities. We reported the possibility of a crime to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, to encourage their involvement and support. We also notified UI students studying in Rome.
January 18, 2015:
In support of Andrew Mogni and his family, a Mass was held Sunday, January 18, at 11 a.m. Rome time. The Mass was held at Via del Gianicolo 14, near the John Cabot University Guarini campus. Andrew’s parents and two brothers attended, accompanied by UI Assistant Provost Doug Lee and JCU Chief of Staff Kathryne Fedele. Andrew's family also welcomed the presence of JCU students.
Andrew remained in a coma and continued to receive medical care in Rome with his parents present to support him. His fraternity and the public continued to express their support for the family through fundraising and the Twitter campaign, #PrayforMogni
March 20, 2015:
On Friday, March 20, Andrew Mogni’s medical team cleared him to travel back to the Chicago area via air ambulance. He received care at a medical facility in the Chicago area, close to his family home in Glen Ellyn. The air ambulance and medical transport team were arranged by the UI’s international insurance partner as a covered benefit of the Iowa Regents International Insurance policy in effect for all UI students studying abroad.
April 5, 2015:
Andrew Mogni passed away on Sunday morning, April 5, 2015, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Counseling services were made available to University of Iowa students both in Iowa City and in Rome. The Mogni family held memorial services for Andrew on April 10 and 11. They asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Chicago through a dedicated memorial fund.
A memorial vigil was held for Andrew by his brothers in the Sigma Nu fraternity at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus on April 19, 2015.