Monday, August 16, 2010
Raul was born in Barlad, Romania, on October 19th 2009. He was born with the genetic condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, as was his sister who passed away at one month old. He lived in the hospital for four months, when he was then trasfered to Tutova Clinic. I met Raul the day he arrived in Tutova, and immediately fell in love. At the time he was in very poor condition, and his condition was not widely known in the area. I was in contact with doctors in the United States during my time in Romania to help find ways to improve his quality of life. Once home I began working on getting Raul a medical visa to come to the U.S. for a short time to receive more expansive testing and wound care. Finally in early August I got the email I was waiting for, and Raul was accepted to Massachusetts General Hospital and Colorado Children's Hospital for free medical care! We are now working on getting together everything for his medical visa, and hopefully he will be traveling in the upcoming months!