Dr. Rodica Matusa has long been one of the pioneers in the care of paediatric HIV in Romania. In the earliest days of CID ‘s original mission of care she worked closely with the British volunteers and nurses, who in the early days developed and ran treatment services at St Laurence Hospice Cernavoda, in its day, the only children’s hospice for infants and children living with HIV or dying with AIDS
For many she was more than a doctor or their consultant or specialist, she was their fiercest advocate and a courageous caring mother figure all rolled into one, especially for those kids infected and abandoned or alone left without family to care or support them, Dr M is a very special person. As Dr Matusa often says. “I feel if you’re close to them it matters, not only when you touch them, but especially when you hug them. Perhaps the touch of their skin triggers certain natural chemical reaction, because that’s the only way you’re accepted as one of their own.”
Once an associate of the Baylor Black Sea Clinic Dr M. still works quietly away making sure that there are many children and young people given the chance of a better life and total acceptance despite their diagnosis.