TONY PETRELLO RAISES THE BAR IN RESEARCH ON NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN


     Bringing a child into this world is for many people one of the greatest blessings in life,and is also seen as the most selfless, most fulfilling of one’s purposes in life. Giving the child the best in their life is every parent’s dream and most will go out of their way to ensure this happens seamlessly.

A good example of parents who have and keep walking the extra mile, giving their all to ensure the best for their child is Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia. Born prematurely, this amazing couple’s only child, Carena developed Periventricular Leukomalacia, a condition where the white matter in the brain gets damaged. The injured cells die and decay leaving empty spaces in the brain, which then fill up with fluid. The main purpose of the white brain matter is to transport impulses to the grey matter in the brain. This very important function of the brain is impaired when one suffers from Periventricular Leukomalacia, like in the case of Carena Petrello. Because of this condition in her brain, Carena then developed Celebral Palsy, a condition that impairs one’s motor skills. Due to this, Carena who is now 8, has only recently learnt how to chew, and is slowly learning other basic motor skills, after years of therapeutic intervention.

This medical challenge with his daughter, though difficult and painful, has also positively impacted the lives of Tony Petrello, his wife and the society at large. In the search for the best care and treatment for his daughter, Tony Petrello realized that enough research has not been done on neurological disorders in children. He resolved to support the research on neurological disorders, through the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, which is based at the Texas Children’s Hospital, where he also serves as Director. Tony Petrello, who is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Nabors Industry, and one of America’s most successful people in the oil drilling business, gave a donation of about $7 million to the Jan and Dan Duncan Research Institute. This very generous donation helped to kick-start enhanced research into what causes neurological disorders and how they can be treated so as to lessen the suffering on the children. He looks forward to a time when children with neurological diseases like Carena will have access to precise treatment by well equipped physicians and neurosurgeons at all times all around the world.



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