Marie Surprenant, 8-years-old, was abused so badly as an infant she lost the use of her legs. Her paralysis has led to scoliosis, where she needs rods in her back and has to have surgery twice a year. These injuries were inflicted by a person in her household.

She has since been adopted by a social worker and is living a much happier life. 

She has written an open letter to all social workers and detectives and it is both one of the most heartbreaking and inspiring things you will ever read. 

She tells the people who helped her to “keep making the world a better place and keep making kids feel protected.” 

Marie’s adoptive mother has said that the letter was completely Marie’s own work. 

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 E.R. But he lied, and said that I fell out the bed. So then that’s when you got involved and solved my case and didn’t let the bad guy hurt 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 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 10am to 5pm. But he’s active at night. I love pets but I love lizards. My favourite 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.

Love, Marie.


We are glad to hear Marie is in a better place now and wish her all the luck in the future! 

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