8-Year-Old Rescued From Abusive Parents Writes The Best Note To Her Social Worker Heroes
At only 8 months old, Marie was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, she was carrying her injuries that would affect the rest of her life. She weighed just 14 pounds and had suffered 14 fractures. Unfortunately Marie’s spinal cord was also injured, leaving her paraplegic.
Marie’s mother and her boyfriend were arrested. She was placed in the care of social worker Michelle Surprenant, who would eventually adopt her. Although she was left unable to walk, Marie has lived a happy and fulfilling life. She has been able to enjoy the usual stuff that kids do, Disney World, swimming, art camps and drama club.
Marie is now 9, but when she was 8 she took it upon herself to write a letter to the social workers and detectives that helped her as a small child.
The letter reads:
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.
It’s so great to see such wisdom and gratitude in somebody so young. Thankfully, Marie was given a second chance, and now she has the opportunity to talk about her pets like any kid would.