Let me introduce you to…

Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital, Bucharest, Romania, 2007

Here comes Denisa, being taken out by mama in a push chair. At one time Denisa lost all her hair. Now, at ten years of age, it has returned and Denisa smiles constantly as her confidence is returning and her health improving. There are hopes for her recovery as the leukemia was mild. Although she is under heavy treatment she enjoys very much to read some of the books we offer to the children in Oncology Department.
I hope and pray Denisa will be able to read and comment on many books for many years ahead. God help her and her family!

 

Meet Costica, another abandoned boy. Walk to 3rd Floor and you are sure to see a small really lonely looking boy standing with back to wall obviously waiting in hope that someone will take him out of doors. He looks so like a 12 year old but, actually he is 21 years old. He has a serious urinary problem and is awaiting an operation. He doesn’t speak but, when I appear to take him out in a wheelchair he screams with joy.  Once outside, he loves a session on the swing or a slow walk around the grounds.

Budimex (Marie Curie) Children's Hospital

Budimex (Marie Curie) Children's Hospital

Now on the bed I see little Gratian. He is 5 years old and, like Costica, is in need of a serious operation. What joy he showed when I brought him new pyjamas, a police car and a toy mobile phone. What a shock I received the morning after my joyful visit! The doctor met me on the corridor, in tears, and told me little Gratian had died during the night. I find it so difficult to put my feelings into words. I prefer to pray and my  single consolation is that I paid that visit and shared his last moments of joy.

 

Adeline always causes people to look and listen as she proceeds along a corridor on her wheel-chair. Why? Because she greets all in English and, when she sees me in the distance, she carries on a conversation in English! What an amazing example of joy in such a young girl who knows her life may be always lived in a wheel-chair!

 

Meet mothers too – each with a child in arms or on push-chair because that little one is physically handicapped in one way or another. Daily therapy for the child means a schedule to be followed and each mother hopes for improvement in her child’s condition. Yes – mothers too need encouragement!

Budimex (Marie Curie) Children's Hospital

Budimex (Marie Curie) Children's Hospital

Andre has such a lovely smile and a strong determination to walk despite the fact that he has cerebral palsy. Having a bright intelligence he enjoys the challenges offered him in the ergo-therapy room. As he is still only 6 years old there are hopes he will make daily progress.

 

Moving around the rehabilitation ward with a brush in his hand and doing good work there and in the hospital is a young man – Marcel. As a child Marcel lived in the rehabilitation ward as he had to undergo several operations on his legs. These operations were very successful and now Marcel holds down a man’s job around the hospital. Having saved up his salary he is now in the process of buying a plot of land on which he hopes to build a little house for himself.

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