Greek Toddler’s Remarkable Recovery Offers Hope to an Entire Nation

Greek toddler Panagiotis Rafael Glossiotis is now a patient at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Credit: ”Γίνε ο ήρωας του Παναγιώτη-Ραφαήλ” Facebook Page

The condition of Panagiotis Rafael Glossiotis, the toddler from Chalkida, Greece who moved the entire nation and managed to gather millions of euros in donations in order to pursue experimental therapy, is progressing surprisingly well, it was made public on Monday.

The young boy’s parents successfully raised three million euros in order for their son to undergo the breakthrough therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, in Massachusetts.

The Facebook page titled ”Gine o Iroas tou Panagioti-Rafael” (Be the Hero of Panagiotis-Rafael”) has just posted a moving video where Panagiotis is seen standing on his feet, something which seemed impossible just a few months ago.

The Facebook post noted that the toddler’s parents are ”more than excited” and they wanted to share it with everyone because they had accomplished all this, as they said, ”thanks to you!”

The Glossiotis family explained in their moving post that their daily life now ”is full of exams and physiotherapies.”

”We know that we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but we have the patience and power that our little boy and you give us!” the post said, expressing their gratitude for the massive support the family has received from the public of Greece, Cyprus and elsewhere.

The family ended their post with the heartfelt words ”Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Panagiotis Rafael suffers from a rare condition called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

More than three million euros were raised in a matter of days in October, when it was made known that Greece’s National Health Service (ESY) would not cover the expenses for his treatment in the US since the breakthrough therapy offered in Boston is only in the experimental stage.

Greek medical authorities advising the government had ruled back in 2019 that the state could not cover transportation and hospitalization costs, since the treatment offered in the US for this deadly decease has yet to be proven effectual. They also stated that the treatment may have severe side-effects and has yet to be endorsed by European Union’s health authorities.

“Without this treatment, he will die,” Panagiotis Rafael’s desperate father had told interviewers from Greek television channels, sparking an unprecedented outpouring of support from Greece, Cyprus and every corner of the world.

Hopefully, Panagiotis Rafael will soon be able to enjoy his life in full, just like any other toddler — thanks to all his supporters who gave willingly of themselves to make his recovery possible.


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