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.

Why you should listen

When Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli’s son, Mario, was just 10 days old, he was diagnosed as having had a perinatal stroke in the right side of his brain, which left him unable to move the left side of his body. Through mirror neuron rehabilitation, Mario is now 3 years old and has greatly improved motion.

The tech-savvy couple founded to gather and share the experiences of families who have been affected by all types of infant and childhood strokes. The social movement wants to open up a dialogue about the devastating effects of this traumatic event, advocating for young stroke survivors and using technology and open medicine as enablers for their better future. Together, as a family, they’re promoting the awareness of this story as motivational speakers at events like TED Global 2013, Ciudad de las Ideas 2013, Doctors 2.0 2014 and many others. They’re proud organizers of the first TEDMED live streaming 2014 and Med Hackathon in Italy, aimed to regroup the leading experts on Medicine and Innovation. Roberto 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. Francesca currently focuses her marketing expertise in the project. She also acts as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke, and became an Eisenhower Fellow in 2014.

Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli’s TED talk