Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
NEW YORK

Augusto Odone dead in New York at 80

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New York, October 25 - Augusto Odone, a World Bank
economist who inspired the Hollywood film 'Lorenzo's Oil' about
treating his son's illness, is dead at 80.
Italian-born Odone, who died in Acqui Terme in Italy's
northern Piedmonte region, dedicated much of his life to finding
a cure to the neurological illness afflicting his son Lorenzo
who died at age 30 in 2008.
Lorenzo had been was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy
(ALD), a neurological condition, when he was six.
Doctors had predicted he would die in childhood, but
Augusto Odone and his wife Michaela sought treatments, including
devising a concoction derived from cooking oil that appeared to
delay Lorenzo's symptoms for years.
Christina Odone announced her father's death, saying he
died on Thursday after suffering organ failure triggered by a
lung infection.
Augusto Odone taught himself enough science to formulate
the concoction derived from natural cooking oils for Lorenzo.
(ANSA).

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