A Big Step into Life

Bucharest, 2004

Since Maria Sklodowska Curie (or Budimex) Hospital was opened twenty years ago in Bucharest, Romania, thousands of children have passed through its doors. For some of them Lawside Romania Project was able to lend a helping hand. Each child here had his or her special story but none so unusual as that of Danut!

This little boy arrived as an abandoned baby having big physical handicaps. His feet were mis-shaped; he had neither knees nor hip-joints!

From the start he was so very fortunate, for, the doctor in charge of his ward was not only clever and hard-working but he really cared for all his patients. Danut seemed to draw the attention and love of all the nurses and carers too!

Above all, he had a brilliant surgeon in charge of his “case”. Firstly, his feet were operated and special shoes fitted. Next, and by degrees, he had two hip-joints fitted. Danut is fiercely determined and soon we saw him hold on to a push chair as he walked along the corridor and, later, outside. Now he awaits the knee operation.
All this time it was noted that Danut was bright and fast to learn. He needed much more than the hospital atmosphere. Even being surrounded by love and care, he needed education.

Sister Mary Aloysius and Danut (2004)

Sister Mary Aloysius and Danut (2004)

Doctor and staff decided that the time was right for Danut to go to a Nursery School close to Marie Curie (Budimex) Hospital.

And so the day for that big step arrived! Such enthusiasm and emotion amongst the staff! One nurse, with a tear in her eye said ‘Our baby is setting out for his first day in school!’
Doctor in charge stood like a parent to have a photo taken then he and all the staff waved “good-bye”. Danut, relishing the excitement, replied with a wave of the hand and called “Pa (Bye)” to all! A 4 year old off to school!

Who knows what the future holds for him but we pray for health, strength and for God’s fatherly care and guidance for him through the years ahead!


Sister Mary Aloysius

2011 edit: Danut was eventually adopted by a loving family. He underwent more than 10 surgeries intended to restore the joints and the mobility of his legs and hips. He is today attending school and is performing very well. More details on Danut story soon in a separate article.

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