Archive for September, 2009

One Special Little Boy

September 29th, 2009 No comments

Marian was a little 9-year old patient in floor 5 – the Oncology Ward in Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital.

My memory or picture of Marian is of a smiling-faced and gentle boy, knocking on my door and entering shyly holding the hand of a smaller patient and always with a request for a toy or book for that little companion, never for himself! I have never met a more unselfish child – always thinking of others, even requesting pampers for a baby downstairs!

Another picture of Marian which is indelibly imprinted on my mind is of the total joy he expressed when he, with others, was taken out for a boat ride or fun and a meal in a park. “Whoopee!” was his shout when he heard of the planned trip. Then his excitement was boundless when he boarded the boat for a trip or raced to find a swing. At the out-door restaurant where Traian Despa had ordered a meal for all, a carpet had been put on the ground by the owner. Marian could not resist the call to do a few cart-wheel turns on that before sitting down to eat. The food was relished by all but a funny scene took place when fresh fruit salad appeared for dessert. Marian looked across the table apologetically “sorry I don’t like soup again” he said, not realising that the lovely bowl held only fruit salad.

Marian’s story is a story of the many children I have met during my mission in Romania. Unfortunately, for Marian and for others, I have to use past tense even their memory is so present in my mind and in my heart.

Sister Mary Aloysius


Little Gabriela

September 25th, 2009 No comments

During ‘post’, or the preparation for the great feast of Easter and especially during the final days before that feast, our thoughts were very much on the sufferings of Jesus for our sake and also on the sufferings his mother must have borne especially during these days. Daily, we witnessed scenes of suffering mothers as they cared for their ill children. Always I was conscious that Christ’s Passion continues in our world!

One case was that of little Gabriela, a patient of Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital. Mother and father were there, sharing the pain and, daily, I tried to help ease the suffering even a little by visiting them and offering a little coffee or tea and joining them in prayer – a great privilege. But God took little Gabriela home, after much suffering, on Holy Thursday. How could one comfort those grieving parents? Words seem useless at this time. Lawside Romania Project came to the rescue for we could give very necessary help to this poor family.

However, I felt that our greatest support was when we stood with the family to lead the coffin out to the car. Yes, we need more people to be around to support our brothers and sisters in their loss.


Sister Mary Aloysius

Modernising and Making Beautiful

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

On December 5th 2003, in the Rehabilitation Centre of Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital the opening of two transformed rooms took place.
The modernising of these rooms was made possible by a joint effort between Lawside Romania Project and the readers of My Weekly.
These two rooms are especially for children with various physical handicaps.

The initiative to modernise these rooms was so appreciated by doctors, staff and children in the centre.

Mrs. Luminita Padure, the head doctor of the Rehabilitation Centre, considered this act of modernising “a great gift from God”. The total renewal of the windows, the readjustment of the bathroom space, making two complete units and affording privacy. The most attractive redecoration of the rooms with superb lighting, plenty of colour and the beautiful furniture all combined astonish and make happy staff and children alike.

A 19 year old patient Iulia said: “the children who stay in these rooms will benefit from the superb living conditions”.
Six year old Lacramioara remarked: “I like rooms because they are beautiful. I like the carpet, the TV set, the bathroom… I like everything”.
Another patient, Ionut aged 9 said: “the change is amazing – all the children who stay here will feel like home”.
Both doctors and children would really like to thank everyone involved in the project.
Georgiana, 15 year old, added: “I am very glad that there are such persons who think of the children who need their help. I don’t know how many persons would do such a gesture. Without the support of the ones who contributed to this by sending us a great gift from far away, the beautifying of the rooms would not have been possible”.

Modernising the Rehabilitation Centre

Modernising the Rehabilitation Centre

Monique, a 21 year old volunteer said: “The solidarity between countries is a round-the-clock appeal of the social doctrine of the Church. The new rooms in the Rehabilitation Centre of Budimex Hospital are a concrete answer to that call, therefore a reason of joy for everybody”