A baby born in Romania eight months ago still survives despite the fact that he has no intestine.
Baby Andrei has proven to be a miracle baby by staying alive without an intestine for all these months. Andrei was born eight months ago and at that time doctors said that he would not live for more than a few hours. However, he proved them all wrong, since it has been eight months since he was born and is still alive.
Andrei was born in a small town in Romania to a gypsy couple who could barely make ends meet. He was born with twig-thin limbs, almost no intestines and had no fat on his body. Even now he does not have a lot of fat on his bones, but has a lot of zeal for living.
The problem with hospitals and doctors in Romania is that they do not perform any procedure unless they are given bribes and Andrei's family is not financially capable of doing that.
Harvard University and hospitals in Boston have offered to help baby Andrei after seeing a report which chronicled how Dr. Catalin Cirstoveanu, the head of the neonatal unit at Bucharest's Marie Curie children's hospital, helps babies to fly off to other countries so that they can get treatment done. In that report, there were also some pictures of Andrei in his incubator, which generated sympathies for him around the world.
Now the doctors in America will perform a complicated intestine transplant that has never been performed on babies in Europe. The procedure will help baby Andrei get his intestine, which currently is just four inches long. A normal baby's intestine at this age is supposed to be several yards long.
Baby Andrei is already a favorite at the Romanian hospital where he is admitted. He is a favorite of all the nurses, who take turns in holding them in their arms. Even Andrei loves being held and whenever he is put back in the incubator, he wrinkles his nose and starts crying. The nurses at the hospital even played lottery so that they could win money for baby Andrei's operation. It is being hoped that the operation will go well and Andrei will come back to being a normal baby very soon.