International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)

At a Ted conference held some time ago, Roberto D’Angelo and Francesca Fedeli recounted the experience of their son Mario: struck by a cerebral infarction when he was only 10 days old, he seemed destined to live with only one half of his brain functioning, with all the difficulties such a condition would entail at the cognitive (and motor) level. But things went differently: at 2 years of age the boy (he can be seen in the video) can walk and speak like any other child of his age. It is not a miracle: even though Mario’s case is particularly lucky (in part thanks to his parents’ huge commitment to helping him), it is one of the many examples of the nervous system’s ability to adapt successfully to adverse conditions.…


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