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Breda McGinnis – A Trip to Romania

In May of this year, 2005, my husband, Patrick, and I had the pleasure of a trip to Romania. There we met up with two boys – Virgil and Nicusor. These brothers had been taken from orphanage conditions by the Lawside Romania Project and given an apartment for themselves in Bucharest. Patrick met them there when he visited Romania nine years previously and had befriended them to the extent that they had come to visit us in Ireland and became special friends of ours. Now, both are doing well – Virgil as a waiter on a liner and Nicusor works with Kerry Foods in Ireland.
They met us in Bucharest and took us to visit their friend, Sister Mary Aloysius, in Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital where a big and warm welcome awaited us.
We were introduced to doctors Ionut and Marian Secheli who took us on a tour of the hospital’s surgical theatres which had been upgraded and refurbished by the Lawside Project and the Helping Hand Project in My Weekly Magazine. The saff was working to the best of their ability and some modernization had been carried out. The new baby unit was very impressive – just awaiting equipment. “A special machine should hopefully arrive from Belfast” said Dr. Catalin Cristoveanu.

Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

The surgeons highlited the lack of hygiene equipment and premises, especially specialised units like one for bone-marrow transplant. We could see very plainly, that the majority of the hospital, including some operating theatres and autoclaving unit needed overhauling, sterilizing and being brought into the 21st Century.
The introduction of playrooms and the development of Physiotherapy Unit are highly commendable and should be nurtured and expanded where possible.

The home for abandoned children – ‘Nazareth’, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, was a joy to visit. The house “parents”, Mr. amd Mrs. Bucura, are superb carers and the five little boys who have found a home there are the liveliest and happiest of children and all doing well at school. May your good work continue to flourish in this family setting.

Another happy and amazing aspect was the care for lonely, elderly people. For these, Traian Despa has set up ‘Meals on Wheels’ and, to crown all, he has got the Parish youth to visit these elderly people on a weekly basis.
Lawside Project has another contract with a restaurant to supply a daily meal to children of the street.

Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Finally, as a trained nurse from Ireland and on the eve of Romania entering the European Union, I felt that staff in Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital could perhaps benefit from exchange visits with other EU Countries.

Wishing you God’s blessing in your much-needed work.


Thinking of you always,
Breda McGinnis

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