Can Giuseppe Conte, who first made news in a notorious medical case, really heal his country?

In 2013, a young Italian girl named Sofia De Barros became the public face of an emotive campaign that called for people with degenerative diseases to be given access to an untested and controversial stem-cell therapy, which was promoted by a psychologist who claimed it could work miracles.

De Barros’s family, defended by a lawyer called Giuseppe Conte, went to court to demand that their daughter, suffering from a terminal illness that leads to paralysis and blindness, be given the so-called “Stamina” treatment, over the concerns and objections of scientists and doctors who warned that it was unproven and possibly dangerous.

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