By Federico Cornetto
This heart-warming footage captures the moment a boy learned to walk after ‘DYING’ at 20 days old.
Tenacious Sirio Persichetti, five, recently took his first steps after more than two years of physiotherapy – defying doctors who said he would forever remain in a vegetative state.
Mum Valentina Perniciaro first filmed the youngster, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia after falling into a one-and-a-half-month long coma as a baby in October 2013, standing on his own legs for the first time in August 2018.
Since then, her emotional picture and video diary has captured Siro’s journey to walking – with her brave boy now able to play with older brother Nilo, nine, and even go for hikes with his family.
Post office worker Valentina said: “Sirio was born premature, but the doctors soon sent him home because he was perfectly healthy.
“But eight days after he was discharged we found him in his cradle – he was stiff and white and we were certain he was dead.
“We took him to the hospital regardless – people saw me walking there with a dead child in my arms.
“Doctors brought him back to life but told us he would remain brain dead for the rest of his life.”
Sirio woke up from his coma one-and-a-half months later, finally opening his eyes in December 2013.
He is now enrolling in primary school and, despite his conditions, is living his best life and finally walking on his own legs.
Valentina said: “When we began physiotherapy over two years ago it felt like it would be a dream to actually see him walk, and now he’s playing around the house every day.
“We began this journey with doctors telling us he’d never wake up, so to see where we are now is very encouraging.
“Who knows what will happen, we shoot for the stars, and maybe one day Sirio will be completely independent.”
Valentina said Sirio likes to read, watch movies, travel and even hang out in swimming pools, but his favourite pastime is playing with his brother, Nilo.
The mum-of-two added: “The bond between the two is amazing.
“We have never hidden anything from Nilo, we told him straight away that he would probably never see his brother again, that he would be in a hospital for the rest of his life.
“Nilo has gone through a difficult childhood, but now he’s probably the one getting most joy out of seeing Sirio recovering.”