My mother, Sofia was the most enduring person I have ever known- after surviving WWII in Ukraine, my parents emigrated to Brazil. I was burned by a neighbor and she refused to accept the doctor's sentence that after a cardiac arrest, I would not survive. 4 weeks of being in a coma I woke up with perfect sight and mental abilities- it took a year to walk again- it took many fights with people calling me a cripple-she would tell them I was to show them what I could do. I became a sculptor and in 2000 I represented the Survivors Foundation at the UN, Progress of the Women of the World, with Candyce Brokaw, the founder. I said to Candy: "too bad my mother is not here to see this". Her mother was undergoing a surgery that same day- we both burst into tears when a blind girl touched my sculpture and said, "Thank you, its beautiful". Thank you for letting me share this story.
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