Location: Unknown

Date Of Injury: 1995

It was winter, and I was just 3 years old. My family and I were sitting around an outdoor heater in our house’s backyard. It was so cold and I was so close to the heater. I don’t remember what happened exactly, but I remember the sound of the explosion. The heater exploded and the fire burnt my face and parts of my hand.

I was unconscious for days and I stayed in the intensive care unit for a month. Since I had 3rd degree burns, I underwent the first acute burns surgery immediately after I was taken out of the ICU.

Later on I had many reconstructive surgeries. The last surgery was reconstructive and plastic surgery, when I was 18. It was a Balloon surgery in which they put a balloon like material to pump the skin and I used to receive an injection every 2 weeks for 2 years. When I turned 20 years old, I made a decision to stop surgeries and focus on my learning. I joined the Medicine School in Moldova and now I’m a fifth stage medical student.

I don’t feel shy about my face and my self-esteem is so high. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends who have never stopped supporting me. I realized that life doesn’t stop at one point and no one has the right to stop working hard.

Actually, we have to appreciate the hard times we go through because they give us the ability to know ourselves and the wellness to go forward. I chose to be a doctor to help people in pain since the physical and emotional pain I passed through gave me the ability to best understand people’s feelings. So, I decided to dedicate my life to my major and make all my family and friends proud of me.