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Augusto, an economist, and Michaela, a linguist, were a well educated, well to do, multi-lingual couple with a little son named Lorenzo who was precocious beyond his years. He spoke English and Italian fluently, as well as the language spoken in the community in Africa in which he spent his very early years. When he returned to the United States at about the age of five, his behavior started to change He came overly aggressive and given to emotional outbursts. After much angst on the part of the Odones over what could be wrong, they were finally told that their son suffered from ALD, which was the functional equivalent of having their son being given a death sentence, as there was no cure for this degenerative disease.
This well educated couple refused to accept the death sentence meted out to their son by the medical establishment. With no medical background, they disregarded conventional medical wisdom and went about trying to find a cure for their son, in a quest so remarkable and so moving, as to inspire absolute awe in the viewer. A more caring or loving set of parents would be hard to find. Lorenzo is surely loved. Together, Augusto and Michaela take on the medical establishment. What they ended up discovering rocked the medical world. To find out just what it was that they specifically did, you will just have to watch the movie.Read more ›
"About Lorenzo, his Parents, and Oumouri
(in answer to the many questions we receive)
Lorenzo celebrated his 25th birthday on May 29, 2003. He is deprived of most of his functions, but his mind is still there. Lorenzo communicates through blinking his eyelids to say no and wiggling his fingers to say yes. He enjoys music and being read to. Lorenzo will not regain his speech or full mobility until we are successful with remyelination.
Michaela succumbed to cancer in June 2000. Augusto, who continues the fight for his son, works out of his office at Myelin Project Headquarters located in Dunn Loring, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C.
Lorenzo likes to receive mail from his ?friends? and well-wishers. You may write to him c/o The Myelin Project, 2136 Gallows Road, Suite E, Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027."
I encourage you to visit this web site where you can get an update on The Myelin Project, make a donation to
The Myelin Project, read a letter from Augusto Odone dated 02/19/04, and see pictures of Lorenzo, his Parents, and Oumouri.
The Odones are a professional power couple. Augusto (Nolte) has adult children from a previous marriage. He and his wife have one child together, young Lorenzo.
Lorenzo had the benefit of being raised by highly intellectual and caring, multi-lingual parents. Since Augusto Odone is a financial wizard for the World Bank, which provides not only a comfortable, but worldly life for the family now small family. Lorenzo grows up in Africa, speaking English and Italian fluently and being fully conversant in the language spoken by his classmates in Africa.
When Lorenzo reaches school age, his parents return to the United States and Lorenzo starts school. Suddenly, a child who has grown up fearless and extroverted with others of all ages and cultures is having emotional outbursts in class and getting into fights.
After it becomes clear that there is a physical reason behind his behavior, not an emotional one, his parents take him to every doctor they can find until they hear that their child has the medical equivalent of a death sentence.
As a financial expert and a linguist, the medically ignorant Odones are faced with a a problem they don't see a solution for. Their child has a rare disease, so rare, it is financially prohibitive for pharmaceutical companies to invest millions and perhaps even billions on developing a cure. The disease, adrenoleukodystrophy, also known as ALD, is inherited by males from their mothers.Read more ›
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Very well written and directed. Very intense plot! This movie was very good at depicting the emotions of the characters and depicting the struggles they went through in trying to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I recently watched Lorenzo's Oil in my college Biology class. I was mesmerized! My professor had us use the film to study the biochemistry and Scientific Method involved. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tamara Deems
I have a son with adrenoleukodystrophy. I find this movie extremely important and helpful for people that want to know what to expectPublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
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