Lorenzo’s oil boy dies

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Lorenzo Odone died of pneumonia a day after his 30th birthday at his home in Virginia USA in May 2008. Lorenzo suffered a rare genetic disease Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) that progressively destroys the brains of young boys. His parents’ battle to save him was depicted in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil. His parents found acids from olive and rapeseed oils seemed to be a cure. Actors Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte played Augusto and Michaela in the 1992 film. Lorenzo was played by Zack O'Malley Greenburg.

Despite the fairytale ending in the film, the claims that children suffering from ALD treated with Lorenzo's oil have always been controversial – children continued to die. 

ALD leads to the build up of dangerous fatty acids - long-chain fatty acids - in the blood, and within a year children are paralysed, blind, and unable to speak. It is invariably fatal. Doctors had predicted that Lorenzo would not live beyond childhood when he was diagnosed with the incurable disease at age six. 

Find a review of Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in the American Journal of Roentgenology: Melhem, E.R., Barker, P.B., Raymond, G.V. and Moser, H.W. (1999) X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy in children: Review of genetic, clinical and MR Imaging characteristics. AJR 173:1575-1580. 

http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/173/6/1575