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Roberto D’Angelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy — until at 10 days old, they discovered he’d had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be “normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears — and how they turned them around.

Roberto D’Angelo and Francesca Fedeli created the non-profit to open up a dialogue about the devastating effects of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric strokes. This issue is important to them for a simple reason: because they’ve been through it themselves, with their son Mario.

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Roberto D'Angelo Francesca Fedeli

Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli are a tech-savvy couple living in Milan, Italy. He is the Office 365 Lead at Microsoft Italy, driving business and marketing strategy for the software while also working on improving Microsoft’s Public Cloud. She is the head of brand communication and social media at ING Direct Italia. The pair married in 2002 and, in 2011, gave birth to their son, Mario. While he initially seemed healthy, when he was just 10 days old, he was diagnosed as having had a perinatal stroke in the right side of his brain. The stroke left him unable to move the left side of his body. The D’Angelos have used mirror neuron rehabilitation to help Mario regain movement, with amazing results. Today, Mario is 2-years-old and has greatly improved motion. The pair has also founded, a non-profit to gather and share the experiences of families who’ve been affected by all types of infant and childhood strokes.

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