Nann Gonzalez, R.O.C.K. Romania
“Falling in love is an occupational hazard for Nannette Gonzalez. So are lice, scabies, HIV, hepatitis and the psychological burnout that comes from helping children with lots of problems and precious little hope. In the seven years this California native has spent nurturing abandoned babies in Romania and helping them find homes, she’s been spared most of these liabilities—except for the problem of love, and its attendant loss.
His name was Carlos, and he even looked like her. Weighing only 10 pounds at seven months old, his mother brought him to Victor Gomoiu Hospital, in Bucharest. He had acute bronchitis, scabies, showed signs of neglect and was severely malnourished. While most mothers would have stayed close by, his left and didn’t even check back for almost three months. During that time, Gonzalez nursed the frail infant back to health, helped him learn to sit up, and loved him as if he were her own. Then, when the mother returned, Nann handed little Carlos back and prayed…”