When Marie was only 8 months old, she was admitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta having only 14 pounds of weight, 14 fractures and injured spinal cord that left her paraplegic.
Her parents were immediately arrested and the girl was placed in the care of social worker Michelle Surprenant, who later adopted her.
Unable to walk, Marie still enjoys her life and has already done a lot of kid stuff like taking trips to Disney World, learning to swim, attending art camps and drama clubs.
Now she’s in her teens and wants to let everyone know how special the detectives and social workers who helped her are. At the age of 8 she wrote a touching letter to her heroes.
Marie is so lucky to have so many great people in her life, thought she underwent so much in her early childhood.
But her story isn’t unique. According to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, roughly 1 in every 50 infants is the victim of child abuse each year.
Moreover, they estimate that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they reach their 18th birthday.
Still the social workers work hard to save children’s
lives and provide them with the bright future they deserve.