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Translated by Tom Sathre


Note from babelFAmily:  Daniela is an Italian patient with Friedreich’s ataxia, undergoing treatment with Deferiprone (an iron chelator) and Lokomat (specialized physical therapy).  For more information, go to the following link: (ENG)


Message from Daniela to Gian Piero Sommaruga, distributed with Daniela’s approval


From: Daniela

For: “gippi”

Sent on: Wednesday July 23, 2008 9:44 PM

Topic: Greetings


Hi Giampi,


First of all I would like to say hello, because vacation time is approaching, and before long, I’ll be going off;  besides, I wanted to keep you informed about how it’s going for me.

Up to now I have been able to maintain the improvements I made in the hospital, and I also have better truncal and neck posture, together with better movements and coordination.

In some manual movements and some exercises, such as putting pegs in holes and handling the Rubik’s cube, I have been able to do it faster and more correctly.

My muscle mass has increased a little all over my body.

I have improved my standing posture when I am upright with my weight on both legs, and also my voice is clearer.

See you soon and happy vacation!






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