Marius is from Romania, and at the young age of eight, he experienced a horrific accident.
He was sound asleep one minute, and suddenly awoke to a fire in his bedroom, and throughout the whole house.
He was blinded by flames and thick smoke.
He survived because he was able to crawl through the house and into the front yard away from the flames.
His parents, however, were not as lucky and did not survive.
Marius sustained 3rd and 4th degree burns over 75 percent of his body; he lost his nose, he lost his fingers, and he lost his family.
He was treated in Romania and placed in an orphanage while he recovered.
He had two surviving siblings who were away at the time, but neither was able to care for Marius.
While recovering in the orphanage Marius met two student nurses from the United States, these women feel in love with his infectious personality, and his courage to survive.
They decided to do something more for him and coordinated his transfer to Shriner’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Since coming to the United States Marius has undergone many operations: eye reconstruction, six toe-to-finger transfers, nose reconstruction and skin grafting of the mouth.
But his healing in the United States has included more than his physical recovery.
Marius was adopted by the loving family of one of the American nurses that helped him in Romania.
Now a thriving teenager, Marius is settled into his new life and new family.
He is an excellent student, plays on the football team and is looking forward to getting his driver’s permit.
Marius is living proof of the perseverance of the human spirit.
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