Here is the story of Romanian drummer CornelHrisca-Munn.
Hrisca-Munn was born a tiny scrap of a thing in December 1991 with no forearms and a severely deformed right leg. His mother screamed in horror when she saw him. A doctor gave him days to live, so no birth certificate was ever issued. Instead, even before his first feed, he was taken 35 miles away to an institution in the Romanian countryside. There he was dumped in a battered metal cot in a bare room crammed full of other unwanted or disabled babies, given a little milk and left to die.
But Cornel had other ideas, wriggling restlessly around on his filthy mattress as best he could and somehow taking in enough calories each day to gain weight. When he was seven months old, a visiting doctor noticed the bright-eyed, feisty infant in need of medical treatment. He appealed to a British woman who, by chance, was there as part of an aid project, for help. Within months, Cornel’s grim future had been transformed into one of hope.
Today he is midway through his first term at Keble College, Oxford, studying philosophy and theology, and can still barely contain his excitement at his presence there.
“I love the sense of community at Oxford, and have joined a variety of groups such as the Christian Union and the jazz orchestra, where I play the drums,” he enthuses. “The workload came as a shock, not only the volume but also the standard, which is incredibly high. But I can’t tell you how privileged I feel to be here among so many astonishing minds and incredibly interesting people.”
He has already proven himself capable at the pool table in the junior common room, but sorting out his white bow tie for formal dinners has not been so easy. He wears a prosthetic leg but manages with his foreshortened arms. “I don’t let my physical disability stand in my way,” he says firmly. “I always find solutions to what I cannot do. I’m a fighter.”
Fortunately, after receiving some much-needed medical attention, Hrisca-Munn went on to become the inspiration he is today.
He now marches to the beat of his own drum. Literally- he loves rock music. When you begin to think life is hard remember that there is always someone who has it worse than you.
Phillipians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.