Michaela Odone, 61, whose efforts to develop a treatment...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 12, 2000

Michaela Odone, 61, whose efforts to develop a treatment for her son's rare disease inspired the movie "Lorenzo's Oil," died of lung cancer Saturday at her home in Fairfax, Va.

She and her husband, Augusto, had no medical training but helped develop a combination of olive and rapeseed oils that they used to treat their son Lorenzo's rare degenerative brain disease, adrenoleukodystrophy.

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