Baby Andrei

Alas, we see the long term effect Communism has given Romania. Pictured below is baby Andrei, who having been born with a severe birth defect, almost no intestinal tract, has beat the odds and has remained 8 months.

His eyes tell us that he has no idea what is happening to him yet they are full of life. This baby is no less a child of God, created and made in His image and likeness.

Corruption is rife in Romania where doctors recieve bribes to perform surgeries, nurses to care for patients, administer medication, start IVs. "Surgeons can get hundreds of euros (dollars) and upward for an operation, while anesthetists get roughly a third of that, depending also on what a patient can afford. Nurses receive a few euros (dollars) from patients each time they administer medications or put in drips. Getting a certificate stamped to have an operation abroad can easily cost hundreds, if not thousands of euros (dollars) if you ask the wrong doctor."

Romania has universal health care, but universal means that if you have the money you get the best care.

Read about a doctor who is doing something here...

Let us pray for baby Andrei and all the babies in the world in need of care and ask for the intersession of Saint Philomena.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint Philomena, virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular

Baby Andrei.

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy. Amen.


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