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A Special Delivery in Romania

  • May 4, 2010

Like many young, Romanian women with thrombophilia, Florentina struggled to carry a baby to full term. Pregnant women with the medical condition have a higher propensity to form blood clots that can cut off the blood supply to the unborn child or cause other serious complications that lead to miscarriages and stillbirths.

Thrombophilia is treatable with the right medications, known as anticoagulants, but hospitals in Romania cannot afford to purchase enough to meet all of their patients’ needs.

After several miscarriages and years of heartache, Florentina was beginning to give up hope of becoming a mother.  But during her most recent pregnancy, doctors at the Hospital Clinic Fundeni in Bucharest gave her daily injections of an improved form of the anticoagulant heparin delivered by AmeriCares to prevent blood clots in the veins and arteries from forming and spreading.

Florentina was one of 100 patients who benefitted from the donation. She successfully carried her baby to term and on May 13, 2009 she gave birth to a healthy baby girl she named Coricica Elena Miruna.

“It was the ultimate Mother’s Day gift,” said Ella Gudwin, who oversees AmeriCares programs in Asia and Eurasia. “AmeriCares is proud to help Florentina and other young Romanian women experience the joys of motherhood.”

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