May 10, 2019

Baby Romina ( who is no longer a baby ) update

Long time readers might remember that back in December 2014 I first met this child who was born with one arm.  You can read about that here.  I got involved in raising money to help her and a family member travel to the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles to be assessed to receive a prosthetic arm.

I was able to raise the funds with the help of some of my readers as well as fellow RVers.  They traveled to LA in April of 2015.

Romina was accepted into the program but the medical team decided to wait until she was a year older to fit her with a new arm.

I have written more about Romina and the fund raising efforts in a variety of posts.  This post has some of that as well as links to other posts.  On January 9th, 2016 I was asked by the owner of the RV Park to please try and raise $900.00USD as the family had an appointment to fit the prosthetic arm and needed to fly out on January 29th.  You can read about that here.  It wasn’t as easy raising the money that time.  Everything else had been taken care of financially except for the airfare.  I literally was begging for $5.00 here and there.  The family did get to Los Angeles.

This was taken at the Shriners Hospital on March 1, 2016.

This last January I asked for some updated photos and here they are.  Romina has grown into a lovely young girl with a beautiful smile.  A very special thank you to all who helped make this possible.

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12 Responses to “Baby Romina ( who is no longer a baby ) update”

  1. SandyM says:

    This is a wonderful update – thank you for posting the photos, too. Shriners do great things for children.

    • contessa says:

      The Shriners are a wonderful group. I know of another child, a young boy who is the son of one of the workers at Villa Celeste RV Park in Celestino Gasca, who was helped by the RVers and sent to LA for some facial surgery or a club foot, I can’t remember which.

  2. Alan Brechin says:

    Yes, it is a wonderful update. Children are so special.

    • contessa says:

      Well some are :). She is a very special girl. I hope to keep getting updates as she grows. Perhaps I will be invited to her quinceanera.

  3. George Yates says:

    Thanks for the update and nice to know she is make progress.

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  5. Janet Ashworth says:

    Thanks for the update. Wonderful that you organized the help that Romina needed. She is a lovely little girl!

  6. Cat in KC, MO says:

    Thank you so much for the update on Romina. What a precious little girl! 🙂 Do you know if she is still making trips to the Shrine Hospital?

    • Contessa says:

      They will be treating her until she is fifteen. I don’t know how often she goes but at fifteen she will get her final prosthetic arm as she should be grown by then.

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