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Grateful for the Opportunity

Arriving at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital in Bucharest, Romania I was unsure of what to expect. However what I found during my 2009 visit was certainly different to what I imagined. Although the hospital still has issues in relation to resources the work of Sister Mary Aloysius and the Lawside Romania Project has without a doubt improved the lives of many. Her efforts have brought up-to-date surgeries to the hospital, a playground for the children and an increase in the standard of care on the wards.

My time there was a profound experience for me. I had a room in the Rehabilitation Ward at the hospital where the children with disabilities go to see physical therapists, play therapists and others.  However the main department of Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital is where I felt my time was most needed. Sadly, in this hospital there are children abandoned by their families, some of whom I was fortunate to get to know on an individual basis. The very busy staff in the hospital does not have time to spend with the children to give them the love and attention they need.

During my time in the hospital I spent some days in the Oncology Ward where cancer patients are treated. I was overwhelmed by the happiness of the children there on Halloween. Volunteers brought them outfits and everyone got dressed up. It was magical to see children forget about their illness for a time and enjoy being children.

One particular experience that I will always remember was a trip to the countryside to visit the family of a boy who had died in the hospital two years previously. Sister Aloysius had given this family support since his death. On the visit we brought food, drinks and clothes to the family who live in a house with their two small children. The mother was deaf and dumb but it was clear she was an excellent mother and cared and loved her children very much.

Ill children at play

Ill children at play

I am grateful for the opportunity and experience that I gained from my time with Sister Mary Aloysius at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital and will always carry the memories of the children with me.

Jane McCarty

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