This is the touching story of a doctor who after helping many patients over his long career, found himself in the situation of being in need of help for terminal cancer. Our hospice team in Oradea, Romania was able to support him and his family in a difficult moment. His wife reminisces of the team’s professionalism, faith and respect for the sick:
“I was married to my beloved husband Sasu, for 60 years. He was an eye doctor who restored the sight of many of his patients. He was devoted to his work and only retired when he was 84, one day before he was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour, which confined him to bed for the next three months.
He read his diagnosis on his own and told me calmly that he did not want any treatment for the tumour and refused to undergo any surgery or chemotherapy. He comforted me during his illness. It was difficult for me to control my emotions and deal with reality.
“My daughter contacted Hospice Emanuel. The Hospice Team assured us from the very beginning that they were going to be at our side as we walked along the difficult path that lay ahead of us. On the basis of Sasu’s diagnosis the team responded promptly to our requests and was always there for us.
“They helped us in so many ways. All we could do for my husband was to ensure he did not feel alone. We were supported in this by the Hospice’s chaplain and medical team. Because my husband’s cancer was at such an advanced stage, treatment options were limited. But the team helped him maintain some quality of life and provided care with great professionalism, faith and respect for the sick.
“Sasu placed great trust in the hospice team and responded well to their visits and treatments for as long as his condition allowed. The Hospice dealt quickly with his needs when his health deteriorated and this made it easier for us to get through such a difficult time.
“On April 18, 2014 at one o’clock the Lord opened the heavens and called my husband’s soul to Him, leaving us in pain and mourning. My husband continues to live in the souls of everyone who truly loved him.
“I thank once again the Hospice Emanuel Foundation for all the attention paid to those who need their care and I pray for this organisation.”
Dr. Sasu Nicoara was cared for by Hospice Emanuel in Oradea, Romania. As well as financial help, we support Hospice Emanuel through training and grant applications.
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.