A while ago I've met a family and I’ve heard their story and from that day on I was determined to do something about it. Simona Craciun has a degenerative disease and because of this she is stuck in a wheelchair for some years now. Her health condition will worsen over time and the only thing she can do is to brake the galloping progress of the disease. Her husband left her when she saw her wife’s condition and the small room that they had together, approximately 13 square meters in total, including bathroom and kitchen is owned by her father-in-law. She was the one who paid for this small room when they’ve bought it, but it was put on the name of she’s father-in-law because she and her husband had their ID’s expired when the sales contract was signed. Plus, their parents are not from Bucharest and at that time their marriage was flourishing. Now, her father-in-law threatened her and her child that he will sell this room / tiny apartment or whatever it is, but until now there was no buyer. Yes, dear reader, you understood correctly, she also has a boy with this so-called husband and the grandfather wants to throw his nephew on the street!!!
The conditions where they are living are beyond words… The smell is unbearable and there is a constant humidity in the room. Just take a minute and imagine a 13 square meters room and subtract from this approximately 3 square meters for the bathroom and 3 square meters for the kitchen and try to picture a bedroom/living room of 7 square meters where two persons are leaving. They have one small bed, one chair, one desk and the wheelchair. The neighborhood is…just look at this link.
Last year, somewhere in August, Simona was diagnosed with a lung tumor and was notified that she would live until December at the latest. Then, me and some of my friends had searched for a lawyer to advise on the situation regarding the child. Simona is not divorced yet, and the idea was that the boy to be adopted and not end up in the custody of his father. At the beginning of December 2018, Simona received a phone call from a nurse who said she tangled the diagnosis and she was so sorry. The nurse asked Simona not to sue her because another person had this gloomy diagnosis and Simona only had a strong cold to the lungs. She was thrilled that she will continue to live and see her boy growing up. This joy has eclipsed the nurse's mistake and Simona just ended the conversation saying "thank you" to the nurse. She told me that it was excruciating to live for four months thinking every day that your son might find you cold the next morning.
The joy did not last much because the boy was also diagnosed with some serious health issues and this is not surprising at all because the room where they are living now is similar to a sewer but taller.
Together with some friends, we've managed to help her with electricity, school supplies, food, and other small things but sooner or later they will be on the streets or they will catch a disease that will drastically shorten their lives.
The boy is now it the 8th grade and in a couple of weeks he will have an important exam. I had helped him with his homework and the results are extremely promising. He is not skipping classes and he is very well educated, and he deserved more…
My aim is to help this family to have a normal life. The first thing that we need to do is to buy a small place for Simona and her son, Marian (named after his father...), where there is a little bit more space, no humidity, and the neighborhood is more friendly. I also thought about renting a place, but I’m afraid that I will not be able to find the necessary funds for the monthly rent and if they will leave their current home, their father-in-law will change the locks... The father doesn't want to know anything about his wife or his son and from what I know he is not even in Romania but working abroad. I’ve asked them to send me some pictures and medical documents, but if anyone will like to have more details, jut let me know.