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We should pray for mothers

February 7th, 2011 No comments

Bucharest, 2005

We speak a lot – sometimes too much – about the mothers who abandon their ill children but there are many other mothers who suffer every day with their little ones. Mothers who would be able, without any hesitation, to give up their lives or their health to offer one  more hour of life or less pain to their child.
Daily I meet mothers who have lost all hope for their child’s recovery, yet they have the strength to resign themselves to God’s will. Every day I see their tears, their tired faces, their mouth hardly able to speak their sorrow. They need our daily prayers and we must not let them down!
Only God can truly help and console a mother who daily sees her dying child.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

 

In our Lawside Romania Project work during the past years we have met hundreds of mothers. Each has a unique story to tell but all carry that look of worry, pain and anxiety as they walk or sit with their child.
One mother was traumatised by the fact that, while she had a lovely teenage daughter in Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital Oncology Ward, she had to go to another hospital and visit her 15 year-old son who had been infected with HIV through a blood injection and now developed AIDS. Many mothers here shared her grief and this sharing was such an inspiration for me.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital 

What can you say to console a mother who arrives at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital with a dying child of only 2 days? The baby has a malformed heart and doctors cannot give hope. ‘Why did God allow me to carry that babe for nine months and now this?!’ was all that mother couls say over and over again.
Another mother came to me crying as her son’s health deteriorated: ‘Sister, please say a strong prayer for Nicusor. I just want to feel Jesus is near. May we pray together?’
Iulia’s mother came to me too: ‘Sister, please go to church and pray for my little girl! Please find the priest and ask him to come’. This we did and Iulia’s father, who traveled a long distance from their village and cried out with a kind of anger and grief, was greatly consoled by the prayers of the priest!

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

At times, the months and even years of child-caring can wear the most loving parent’s patience thin. Lawside Romania Project is there for them. Our Room No. 710 at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital can be a Haven where, at any time, mothers may come for a chat and a break from daily routine. When doctors bring up the news of the possibility their child may never recover, many mothers are grateful that we share their sorrow.

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

These mothers suffer and cry every single day but they do not lose hope not even for a second. Pictures of these suffering mothers are an image to follow us in our prayers and meditation moments.

Yes! We shoud pray for mothers!

 

Sister Mary Aloysius

 

Mothers of ill children at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital

 

An Easter Story

February 1st, 2011 No comments

Easter, April 21st 2006

Year after year Lawside Romania Project offers beautiful parties with gifts, food, music and surprises to the children in the oncology department. Lawside Romania Project offers joy for all these unlucky children. Now, for Easter 2006, we had another great party in this ward at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital.

 2006 Easter party

 

Children were treated with a tasty traditional meal followed by sweets and fruits and, of course, the famous Easter eggs! At the end, the children enjoyed a large cake with fireworks. What excitement and happiness! Each of them also received wonderful gifts. For the children and their parents this wasn’t all. A big surprise came with the visit of a professional clown who performed and amused everyone. The cherry on top of the cake was the live performance of Los Platanos Band! They came to play traditional and very happy music. Unbelievably, in only a few minutes most of the children found themselves involved in a lively dance, full of joy and optimism!

Los Platanos performing live

Even one hour later, when children were back in their beds with tubes connected to the catheters in their little arms, the memory of the party remained on their faces.

I would like to thank Lawside Romania Project for this drop of Easter Light! Thank you on behalf of the staff of the Oncology Ward!

 

Lamise Bectemir
Registered Nurse at Marie Curie (Budimex) Children’s Hospital, Bucharest

A Big Step into Life

January 31st, 2011 No comments

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.