He was born with congenital cataract, and at the age of two and a half he underwent the first surgery at the St. Spiridon Hospital in Iasi.
Mateo Onofrei now has four and a half years, is going to nursery and he wants to go out there where he has children to play, home alone with his parents. But the problems that still occur are far removed from his friends. After the first operation, he did secondary glaucoma and he underwent another surgery after a few months in Bucharest at the Clinical Ophthalmological Emergency Hospital
They've removed some crystalline remains. Then the operation cost us 2,400 lei. Another intervention was one month later, when they had the Ahmed valve, a kind of prosthesis for intraocular pressure. Since then we have gone to the controls until this month. On Monday (last week) we went back to Bucharest for Stafilom conjunctive coverage: it cost us 1,000 lei. On February 21, they called us back to check him again. There will be an intervention, the lens should be put, but now she is too young, the doctor said, waiting to grow. Until then, we have to go to control every three months, then six months, it depends on when we call, "explains Oana Onofrei, Mateo's mother.
Although these sums paid for operations, controls, and the way to Bucharest and back may seem small to some of the readers, let's note that the boy's parents struggle to raise this money every time, and sometimes they fail. The financial situation does not allow them to take the road from Iasi to Bucharest so often.
She can no longer go to work because of a child who always needs support, and her husband, Mateo's father, is hired, but on the minimum wage, at a call-center firm. Under these conditions, the money is barely enough for current maintenance costs, the family living in a modest apartment in Tatares, Mateo's grandparents.
Any help is welcome