A Thousand Tears fall for Luana...
a Life taken too soon!
August 17, 2014 - In the small quiet hours of last night, a fragile candle flame flickered and was extinguished. A light was taken from the world. But this flame was different. The warmth which it radiated, far transcended its simple luminescence. Its glow reached into corners where darkness had always lived. Its warmth touched all who came near. The warmth of compassion embraced all within its radiance.
Luana was only 27 years old. She loved animals so dearly that she had decided to dedicate her entire life to them.
Luana became a veterinarian, a wonderful vet that has dedicated all her time and put all her soul into helping animals in need, has participated in numerous stray animals' sterilization campaigns, volunteered for months to care for the wild horses in the Danube Delta and helped hundreds of animals in need without ever asking for compensation.
A few days before opening her own veterinary clinic, she went to the room where she planned to heal animals, smelled thinner, tried to open a fan to remove the smell in the room, but the gesture was fatal. A flame lit on fire and burned Luana on 90 % of her body.
It has been shown that in Europe such severity of injury only has a survival rate of 0% or 0,1% - if proper treatment, surgery and a sterile environment is provided. Nevertheless, after spending 3 days in induced coma, helped to breathe by machines, Luana showed the doctors that she was one of the 0,1% fighters. She started breathing on her own and gained full consciousness, which amazed the doctors who considered it to be a miracle.
Family and friends managed to get in contact with the clinics abroad that can provide the best care and the sterile room she needed in order to survive and they had arranged everything.
She was then transferred to the AKH hospital in Vienna, where she would receive the best possible treatments available in Europe. For that, her family had to borrow 165.000 Euro to pay for her flight and the first weeks of treatment as the Romanian health insurance does not pay for fees abroad. Compassionate people from all over Europe and the world came together on FB, raised money, organized auctions and even street markets to help cover the fees.
However last night, Luana's body surrendered to the pain and trauma... and she left us.
Now the flame has gone but its warmth still remains, and many who were held within its embrace will have a new belief this morning... a new feeling of compassion, of love for a special human being.
They will know that whilst all things pass, the power of love is transcendent. Love and compassion for all living creatures is the unbreakable bond. And although the visible flame may fade away, the power of love is eternal.... and even death has no dominion.
Thank you, Luana, for being among us and leaving the power of your love wherever you walked. You will be in our hearts forever and always, dear Luana.
And this night, in the darkness, across our world, a thousand tears will glisten. Bonded as a fellowship of loss and outrage for a life unfulfilled and gone too soon. Gone... much too soon!
Now Luana will be laid to rest for the final time. Luana’s flame will have lit many new flames within her land of Romania where sometimes compassion is hidden.
If you can, please, express your support for her bereaved family by helping them to say a final ‘goodbye’ and our ‘thank you’ for a very special and unique Lady by making a donation to her fund, aiding her family to pay for her medical treatment.
Thank you very much, in advance!
For LEI: IBAN RO16 RZBR 0000 0600 1323 9441
For EURO: IBAN RO23 RZBR 0000 06001698 7395
Swift code: RZBRROBU
BIC code: RZBR
Bank: Raiffeisen Bank
Account Holder: Rosu Ovidiu
Dutch artist, Felix Botman, offers to make a painting
in Memory of Luana, of which the proceeds will go towards helping animals in her country
Dutch Artist, Felix Botman, offers to make a painting in memory of Luana and of which 100% of the proceeds will go to her fiancé, Ovidiu Rosu, who will continue running Luana's veterinary clinic, to help the animals in her country.
When OFA-Project-Coordinator, Bianca van der Ree, contacted Dutch Artist, Felix Botman, and told him of the heartbreaking story of Luana, Felix immediately offered to make a painting in her memory, for OFA to offer in an auction and of which 100% of the proceeds would go to Luana's fund.
Luana was only 27 years old when she has left us... She loved animals so dearly that she had decided to dedicate her entire life to them, and in her memory the proceeds from the paintings will go towards helping the animals in her country.
Luana has left us now. But her Love remains. She has united many many people all over the world with her Love.... and right now, people all around the world are planting trees in Her Memory.
Now the flame has gone but its warmth still remains, and many who were held within its embrace found a new belief... a new feeling of compassion, of love for a special human being.
Felix, too, was held within its embrace... was deeply moved by Luana's story, about how she dedicated her entire life to the cause that she believed in... and about her tragic death. Felix Botman's contribution will be that he will make a painting of their favorite animal(s), their children, or any other subject, to the highest bidder of OFA's auction and of which 100% of the proceeds will go to Luana's vet clinic to help the animals in her country in any way Rosu Ovidiu, Luana's financé will judge best.
The auction will run over two weeks, starting today, 19th of September, 2014 and ending on Friday, 3rd of October, 2014, at 22.00 CET.
At the end of the auction, the highest bidder can choose between the different formats:
- 30 x 40 cm
- 50 x 70 cm
- 100 x 70 cm
- 120 x 90 cm
If you ever wanted to have a beautiful painting of your fur-babies, or your beloved children... this is YOUR chance to get one AND to support a great cause.
You can submit your bid easily on our related Facebook post by clicking on the poster below.
Thank you very much, in advance.... and Good Luck!