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Cafe Cibo to Open on Wednesday
(Update: Sun 2nd June 2013)

Cafe Cibo will be re-opening from Wednesday 5th June, and will be open daily Mon-Sat, from 9am-2pm for breakfasts, coffee and cakes (all homemade offerings gratefully received!) and baguettes and panini for lunch. The cafe will be closed on Sundays.

It will be operating with the help of behind-the-scenes support from a group of volunteers, so that Silvi can continue to visit and stay at Dom's side and help him to recover.

Please help to spread the word.
Karen Lock

Personal Message from Sylvi:
(Monday 27th May 2013)

I am really grateful so much for people's help.
Thanks to all of you who have been so generous.
We very much appreciate your continuing prayer support — however, please may we ask: no visitors to Dom in the hospital. We need to maintain a quiet environment and minimise any risks of any infection.
Thank you to everyone.
Sylvi

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Like so many in our community, we have been shocked at the news that Domenico (Dom) from Café Cibo Haddenham suffered a brain haemorrhage on Saturday 4th May 2013.
 
He is currently in the intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital. He underwent brain surgery (lasting 7 hours) on Thursday 9th May 2013 and, although despite the odds, he survived this operation. However, he may be on life support for many months to come.

Silvy remains devotedly at his side in hospital praying for his recovery, returning to the village only to sleep.
 
Over the past 4 years since Dom and Silvy opened and ran Café Cibo, it has become very much a part of our lives in Haddenham. They created a vibrant place which has become a focal point for our community from early in the morning — for cappuccinos, breakfasts, elevenses and lunches with friends and family.

In the evenings the restaurant re-opened (with a more intimate atmosphere) providing a delightful environment in which celebrations of  birthdays,  special anniversaries and pleasant family meals were  enjoyed.

Dom and Silvy supported village events like the carols on Banks Parade at Xmas, and offered very special Valentines day meals. Dom's cooking brought with it the very essence of Southern Italy with his wonderful pasta dishes and pizzas. 

Mothers with young children, business commuters, sports enthusiasts, local workers and members of our community have all passed through Cibos, staying to chat and enjoy the warm welcome  - and even spilling out onto the pavement when the  weather permitted ! 

Nothing was ever too much trouble.....
 
Dom and Silvy provided us with an enchanting, refreshing and unique  place in the centre of our village.

For many of us, at the moment, there is a terrible sense of  loss. Although we cannot know what the future holds....for Dom, for Silvy or for CIBOs, it is at times like this a community sticks together and rallies round its vulnerable members. 

Make A Donation

Haddenham.net has set up an online collection facility, and we hope that as many local residents as possible might choose to make a donation to help support Dom and Silvy while their business is closed.

Any monies received will go to Dom & Silvy without any administrative or other deductions of any kind. Our good friends at Make-a-Donation have provided the online resources to make this possible.

Many thanks for reading this — we hope you will feel inclined to help us raise funds.

You can do so now by clicking here.

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Update: Monday 20th May 2013

Silvy is really touched by the tremendous and overwhelming support and kindness shown by everyone and she would like us to extend her heartfelt thanks to you all.

She said "This is incredible. I still can't believe how much people are supporting us."

Domenico (Dom) remains in a coma in the intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital with Silvy at his side.
Initial attempts have been made to reduce medication and rouse him, but to no avail at the moment. However Silvy tells us that attempts are being made to see if he can breathe unaided and his reliance on the ventilator is being scaled down progressively. He is doing a lot better now, having spent up to five hours at a time breathing unaided.

Silvy senses that he is fighting to survive and remains with him holding his hand to ensure that he does not feel alone.
We will continue to update you here on the community website as soon as we receive any further news.

Silvy's family have travelled to Haddenham to be with her, and are here for a couple of more days but will then return home. She asks for your continued prayer for Dom at this time.
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Update: Tuesday 21st May 2013

Late last night we received some encouraging news from Silvy:

"For the first time it was positive news. Dom had a scan and it showed much better results than before. The right side of his brain is still swollen and some blood is still present, but this is reducing. He managed to breath for 13 hours without artificial ventilation and there is a chance that soon he will be transferred to intensive care in Stoke Mandeville."

Silvy continued, "This is the first real positive news of his condition. I am just scared to be a bit happier in case something bad happens. It is incredible how much people have donated and I have so much to be thankful for."

We will continue to provide updates as they come in...

Thank you all for your amazing support.
Karen Lock.
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Fundraising Update: Wednesday 22nd May 2013

A Cakes & Coffee Morning organised by mums and friends of Puddleducks Preschool, held on Wednesday 22nd May, raised the grand sum of £830. This figure is not yet reflected in the total of individual donations being made through our Make-a-Donation site, which (at the time of writing) stands at £2,885. So the Haddenham community has so far donated £3,715 to help Dom & Sylvi.

What a wonderful testimony to the affection with which they are held in our village.
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Fundraising Update: Thursday 23rd May 2013

Online donations through our Make-a-Donation site have now reached £3,000 — so with the Cakes & Coffee input yesterday, the total to date is now £3,830!

Thank you to every single individual who has demonstrated their support for Dom & Sylvi and kindly contributed to our fundraising efforts on their behalf.
It has been very moving to witness.
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Update: Friday 24th May 2013

Dom has now been transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital as he is now able to breathe without the aid of a ventilator although he is currently still in a coma. Sylvi remains at his side.

Sylvi has asked me to extend her heartfelt thanks for all the incredible generosity and kindness shown by you all at this time

She intends to keep this website informed of any further updates regarding Dom's condition.

Karen Lock

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