Sandra Lee & Valentino

2019

Hope draws the potential in children like Valentino to new, unexpected heights

"When our first child Valentino was 3 years old, he suffered traumatic brain injuries that resulted in a sudden loss of his sight, speech, and motor functions. Doctors in Hong Kong gave the grim prognosis that he had lost all cognitive abilities, and might never regain his functions. Curiously, in the months that passed, we saw slow improvements in Valentino. But treatment options for children with traumatic brain injury seemed limited and dated in Hong Kong, especially for those who cannot see or communicate. We knew we had to look outside of Hong Kong and traditional medicine for a better solution. Our search eventually led us to a team of neuroscientists at the Burke Research Institute, a new research laboratory in New York.