It takes a special kind of horrible to physically abuse an infant, but it takes an even more special kind of person to lay it all on the line to protect children from such people. And the most special kind of person? Those who have been victimized but still manage to find forgiveness and thankfulness in their hearts.
We just found a wonderful story about a young girl who has moved on from an early life wrecked by abuse at the hands of her parents. Today, this special little girl is letting the whole world know how thankful she is for the civil servants that saved her life. You are going to love Maria’s story.
At just eight months old, baby Maria was admitted to an Atlanta area hospital with injuries that were the result of abuse and neglect. Those injuries had a life changing effect on Maria, leaving her bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
But instead of staying in victim mode, Maria, now nine years old, has instead chosen to open her heart to the blessings she has received.
She recently shared a note that she wrote to the law enforcement officers and social workers who saved her life.
The letter says:
“Dear social workers and detectives,
I want to thank you for making me happy by giving me a new warm and safe environment. Now I have a home that is nice, and I have three nice meals a day. This is Marie Rose Surprenant. When I was a baby I got hurt and you were on my case. When I was little I got hurt and I wasn’t going to walk at all. I couldn’t walk because my spinal cord was broken and couldn’t be fixed. So they asked how I got hurt in the ER. But I lied and said that I fell out the bed. So then that’s when you got involved and solved my case and not letting the bad guy hurting me or anyone else.
I think that if you never helped me my life would still be awful and lonely. Because they might not help me, not feed me or they would hit me when I cried. But now I’m much better. I now have a safe happy environment. I’m also around smart people.
Now my life is much better. But the only thing that drives me crazy is our pet dog is named Jo. She snores as loud as a vacuum and sounds like an old man. I also have two cats their names are Gypsy and Mr. Fluffy. Gypsy is grey all over and has green eyes. She likes to play with yarn mice, she likes cat scratchers, she is very curious and likes to watch what we are doing all the time.
And Mr. Fluffy is a black and white cat with green eyes too. He likes to sleep on his beach chair all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. But he’s active at night. I love pets but I love lizards. My favorite lizard is a bearded dragon. My class has a class pet that is a bearded dragon his name is Mr. Cuddles.
I wish that you keep doing what you do to make the world a better place and to make kids feel protected. I also wish that no matter how big or small the case is you will at least try and help the kids.
This child is an example to us all on how to embrace life and celebrate everything we have, including those faceless angels who keep us safe.
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