In 2015 we started with the VRiend idea to bring hospitalised kids back home for Christmas.
Catalin back home for Christmas in VR
Catalin Gradinariu was one of the many casualties of the tragedy in the Romanian nightclub Pioneer on 30 October 2015, when a blazing fire killed more than 60 people and injured more than 150 others.
A number of patients needed to be treated in specialised burn centers all over Europe, including Catalin, 1.500 miles away from his family and friends.
We enabled Catalin – virtually – to sit at a table in his favorite restaurant in Bucharest with his family and friends and, at exactly the same time, let Catalin’s family and friends virtually visit him in the Martini hospital in Groningen just before Christmas!
The reunion was made possible using a state-of-the-art, two-way, VR livestream which made real time-communication in 360º video possible; a VR world first!