Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?
In honor of Mother’s Day, TMC News asked members of the Texas Medical Center community: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“I was in a very major car accident. I broke my head, had brain hemorrhages and was in a coma for a long time. I had to go through rehabilitation. I was going to school, but getting paid to play basketball. That was my plan for life, but after the accident and the coma, it was difficult. A couple of weeks in a coma can really screw up your basketball career.
I was 80 percent disabled, essentially. I had been for a year in a wheelchair. I had to relearn how to use certain parts of my body. At that point, there was this notion that I could be eligible for a disability pension from the country [Italy]. It’s not that we were swimming in gold and could take a risk. It was a bit of a difficult decision when my mother said, ‘No, don’t accept it. You’ll be all right. You need to do something with your life. Don’t get into this mindset that people need to provide for you. You’re not going to be the person you want to be.’ Especially for a mother in the situation we were in, I think it was difficult advice to give, but I’m really glad I turned the pension down. I wouldn’t be here.”
—MAURO FERRARI, PH.D.
President and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute