Man hurt in Kan. fight dies at home in Maine

Anthony Napoleone, age 28, with his 2 sons, Parish, age 10, left, and Gage, age 4, right,  in Kansas. Napoleone was flown to Raymond, Maine,  to spend his final days near his children.   S. Donald Sussman, who is engaged to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D- Maine, and is chairman of Connecticut-based Paloma Partners provided his private jet, pilots and volunteer nurse so that the dying man could be granted his wish of being with his kids.
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Anthony Napoleone, age 28, with his 2 sons, Parish, age 10, left, and Gage, age 4, right, in Kansas. Napoleone was flown to Raymond, Maine, to spend his final days near his children. S. Donald Sussman, who is engaged to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D- Maine, and is chairman of Connecticut-based Paloma Partners provided his private jet, pilots and volunteer nurse so that the dying man could be granted his wish of being with his kids.
Posted Feb. 11, 2011, at 12:14 a.m.
Anthony Napoleone, age 28, of Salina, Kan., lies in his bed in Raymond, Maine  in Nov. 2010.
Pat Wellenbach | AP
Anthony Napoleone, age 28, of Salina, Kan., lies in his bed in Raymond, Maine in Nov. 2010.

RAYMOND, Maine — A Maine man who developed a lethal infection after being paralyzed in a fight in Kansas has died on his home soil.

The dying wish of 28-year-old Anthony Napoleone was to return to Maine. The fiance of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree flew Napoleone home on his private jet in October, and Napoleone died Wednesday in hospice care.

Napoleone was stabbed in 2008 after intervening when he saw his sister being beaten by her boyfriend in Salina, Kan. The knife lodged in his spine, leaving him paralyzed, and his injury led to an incurable staph infection.

In Maine, he lived at a relative’s home in Raymond. His mother, Raylene Wright, told the Portland Press Herald that was able to spend time with his children and stepchildren.

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