When Lorelai Mosnegutu was born without arms, her mother abandoned her.
Maybe she thought Lorelai would never achieve anything, or that she would be dependent on others her whole life. Maybe she thought Lorelai’s life was worthless. Or maybe she just was in a difficult situation and unable to care for her daughter.
What ever the reason, a caseworker in Lorelai’s native Romania learned about the baby girl and decided to adopt her, Romania Insider reports.
Fourteen years have passed since then, and Lorelai now is a household name in her country. The 14-year-old won the 2017 Romania’s Got Talent competition last week – the most watched TV show in the country, according to the report.
Lorelai does not have hands, but she has learned to use her feet and toes to play the piano, paint and use a computer.
For the talent show finale, Lorelai drew a picture of a phoenix with her toes while singing “Rise Like a Phoenix.” The performance won the hearts of her audience, and TV viewers voted her the winner of the Romania’s Got Talent competition and 120,000 euro prize, the report states.
One of her early performances on the show also gained international attention a few months ago. Blogs that highlight people with special needs, entertainment news and other groups shared videos of her powerful performance singing “A Million Stars” while playing the piano with her toes.
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Lorelai Mosnegutu’s story is impressive. She was born with no arms and was abandoned by her mother immediately after birth. A social worker saw her case on TV and decided to adopt her. The girl didn’t speak until she was three and couldn’t walk until she was four.
She managed to overcome her severe disability and learned to do a lot with her feet. She paints, plays the organ, and uses the laptop with her toes. She has written several books so far.
Tragically, society often discriminates against children like Lorelai. It treats them as if they were not as valuable simply because they have special needs or because they were “unwanted” by their birth parents. These children are discriminated against from the time their lives begin, and some never get the chance to live outside the womb.
Lorelai’s inspiring story counteracts this discrimination, and demonstrates the beauty and potential in every human life. She is overcoming her challenges in life, with the love and support of her adopted family, and now is one of the most celebrated young women in her country.