New eyes to dream
01/06/18 09:11 Filed in: Urgent needs | June 2018
Flavius and Vlad are brothers. Flavius is four and Vlad is just two. Both of them suffer from a hereditary eyesight malfunction which ends in blindness at a young age. Their mother, Ramona, has the same disease and is totally blind at the age of twenty-eight. Recently both boys went for a medical check-up and the doctor said they must have eye surgery immediately or both will begin to lose their eyesight rapidly. The medical check up read something like this: “both boys have enormous ocular pressure with severe retinal detachment”. It is recommended that both boys have urgent surgeries where the best doctors are, in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, a three hour train ride away. Once the surgeries are completed for both boys, they will not have to fear going blind in the future. Ramona remembers seeing as a child before she went blind, and has expressed a deep sorrow for her children now awaiting that same fate. Flavius is supposed to begin Kindergarten next year, but even now his eyesight is fading. The Banu family lives in a poor community on the outskirts of the city. Their father is illiterate but he is a hard worker and willing to make sacrifices for his family. Recently, he was offered a construction job in a nearby country but on arrival the company gave the job to someone else. The money he needed to get to that country was borrowed, so having to come back without money, the family is facing a really difficult time right now. They struggle daily just to get food on the table, let alone the needed surgery for his boys and the travel to and from Bucharest. Now the family’s monthly income is around three hundred dollars a month when the father has work. The total amount needed for the surgeries plus travel expenses comes to three thousand dollars. This amount will cover travel, the surgeries, and medication after the operations. Ramona is asking for our help in this most urgent situation. Thank you.