Marius is a true testament to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit.

His story is remarkable, and uplifting for any who face a difficult situation.

Marius is from Romania, and at the young age of 8 experienced a horrific accident. He awoke one night to a house engulfed in flames and smoke. He survived because he was able to crawl outside and 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 Marius, his infectious personality, and his determination to survive. They decided to do something more for him, and coordinated his transfer to Shiner’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Since coming to the United States Marius has undergone multiple operations: eye reconstruction, nose reconstruction, six toe-to-finger transfers, 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 in to 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 has become part of the Burn Institute family. He is a confident young man, and makes a difference in the lives of many because of his eagerness to share his survivor story. The Burn Institute was greatly moved by Marius’ story and has created a fund specifically for him. All donations made to support Marius will ONLY go towards Marius and his lifelong road to recovery.