True story: real winners don’t give up!

by Stephen on June 7, 2012 · 139 comments

in Inspiring Stories, True Stories

This is a true story of a young woman who went through the most gruesome fire. When you read her story, you’ll realize that your trials are absolutely nothing compared to what this young girl went through.

It was September 25, 2000. Maricel Apatan was an 11-year old girl in Zamboanga. On that day, this little girl went with her uncle to draw water.

Along the way, four men met them. They were carrying long knives. They told her uncle to face down on the ground, and they hacked him on the neck and killed him.

Maricel was in total shock, especially that the men were their neighbors. She tried to escape, but the men ran after her.

She cried, “Kuya, ‘wag po, ‘wag n’yo akong tagain! Maawa po kayo sa akin!” (“Don’t kill me! Have mercy on me!”)

But they weren’t listening. With a long knife, a man slashed her on the neck too.

Maricel fell to the ground and lost consciousness.

When she woke up, she saw a lot of blood. She also saw the feet of the men around her, but she pretended to be dead.

When they walked away, Maricel ran back home. But along the way, she saw that both her hands were falling off. Because the men hacked them too. She cried but she kept running.

Sometimes, she would faint and fall to the ground. But she’d regain consciousness and run again.

When she was near her home, Maricel called her mother.

Upon seeing her daughter, her mother screamed in terror. She wrapped her bloodied child in a blanket and carried her to the hospital.

Here was the problem: From her house to the highway, it was a 12-kilometer walk. It took them 4 hours just to reach the highway.

When they arrived in the hospital, the doctors thought Maricel was going to die. But for 5 hours, they operated on her. It took 25 stitches to stitch together the long knife wound in her neck and back.

Maricel barely survived. And she lost both of her hands.

Ironically, the next day was Maricel’s birthday. She was 12 years old.

But tragedy didn’t end there. When they went home, they saw their home was gone. It was ransacked and burned down by the goons.

Being very poor, Maricel’s family also didn’t have P50,000 for their hospital bills.

But God sent many angels along the way to help them.

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, a distant relative, paid for hospital bills and helped them bring the criminals to court. They were sentenced to prison.

Today, she’s staying with the nuns at Regina Rosarii with Sr. Eppie Brasil, O.P.

But this is the incredible miracle. Instead of staying down, Maricel kept running.

Instead of cursing God why she had no hands, she now uses her wrists in incredible ways that will boggle your mind.

Maricel Apatan

Maricel was cited as the most industrious, best in computer, and most courteous in the School for Crippled Children.

In 2008, she graduated from a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She even received a Gold medal for Arts and Crafts.

In 2011, she finished her education to be a chef. Yes, a Chef without hands.

Nothing can stop this young lady from reaching her dreams.

Real Winners Don’t Give Up!

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Maricel Apatan, a true winner!!!

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1 Shrinivas Dasari June 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

Stephen,
This is truly inspirational and indeed you are doing wonderful job by publishing such articles. I appreciate it. This is the first time i visited your site and i’m not able to get away from this site without reading next article.

To all those out there, “Never give up….” .

Regards,
Shrinivas Dasari

2 Ajay June 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I thank you for publishing such wonderful stories.

3 Leah June 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

It’s amazing and wonderful story. I am so touched reading this story. Thanks God for wonderful plan for each of us really believing in your name. Wow God is great.

4 Deepak June 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

It made me speechless, I don’t have words to describe how great this story is & the heroin…

5 Craig June 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

Truly, inspirational. I don’t know what to say. God bless!!!

6 Gershon June 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much for this article.. I’m so down when I read this article…God will always make a way if there seems to be no way..

7 Jeannylie June 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

So nice story! Amazing! Very inspiring!…Thank you Lord for givng me two hands to do more for Your glory… Bless Maricel Apatan, Lord as she goes on to her journey in life.. Amen!

8 Vandana June 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

It’s truely amazing..!!! We really at times are bugged with our lives and tensions that we don’t realize that the problems we have are really small pieces when compared to what others have…and the problems that Maricel faced in her life have made her so strong to cross the hurdles and be an inspiration to all of us…..God bless her.. and this site is really amazing… I really feel so calm and relaxed when I read this kind of stories..

9 Timothy June 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Awesome, just awesome…

10 Bhawana June 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

A very Inspirational and awesome true story. God bless her and May complete her all dreams.

11 Jyoti June 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

Amazing story. No words to say…..

12 Atanas June 20, 2012 at 3:27 am

Thank you for the wonderful stories. This one made me sad, but most of the others are a really “Stand up” or “Keep on going”.

13 Hareem June 21, 2012 at 3:11 am

Deeply inspiring!

14 Valentine June 21, 2012 at 5:45 am

A really touching story, wanna say that Maricel is one amongst a million who has got the favour of the Lord. We praise His name forever and ever! An amazingly great work from God.

15 Suman June 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

Thanks for this wonderful story. It gives me strength. Nothing can stop a person who wants to do something in life.

16 Pooja Juyal June 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

This is my heartly thanks to the publishers. After gone with this true, heart and soul touching story I decided never to give up like the heroine done in her life.

17 Heena June 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

My love to Marcel.

18 Manasi June 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

Very inspiring!

19 Fitsum June 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

It touchs my heart, God bless Miracel Apatan.

20 Rasika June 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

Your story has touched my heart………..hats off to you…….

21 Soham June 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

A salute to the lady..and thank u Stephen for the post….

22 Dolamu idowu agida June 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

Winners never quit, quiters never wins

23 Uncl Segun June 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It is not just interesting, but an eye opener to all of us that we can go beyond our so called limits no matter what.

24 Shwetha July 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

Great lady..

25 Kinley July 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

Oh… I am inspired….you are really a great human being… :)

26 Priya July 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

A great story to tell

27 Rossi July 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I had no option but to share this in my group. This is truly that thing about determination, the story is highly inspiring and we can do more with this story.

28 Rashmi Rajan July 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

It really, really inspired me again……

29 Justine July 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

It’s amazing how God does things! God Bless you Lady!

30 Grace July 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

Sad but very inspiring story………

31 Jangminlen Haokip August 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

Thats so touching. It reminds me of the events thats prevailing in our place.

32 Shrey Chauhan August 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

Really inspiring story…..it touched my heart!!!!!

33 Haiziena meru August 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

This is the first time I visited this site, awesome stories! God bless Maricel as she continues on her brave journey!

34 Subodh September 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

Wow, really very touching and full of struggles :-)

35 Sukhwinder Singh September 14, 2012 at 2:46 am

No words to express feeling…

36 Kae September 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

This is a very touching and inspirational story, my heart goes out to this woman and her family. It just shows how cruel this world can get and also shows the determination and power of will; when you put your mind to it.

I’m thinking of using this story as an inspiration to reach our young generation that they should be grateful for what they have in their life.

God Bless.

37 Gudiya September 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Truly inspirational …would be sharing this today with a small group of childern whom I was assigned to as a Mentor…

And I am so glad that I clicked upon this site today…lots of good stories …

38 Jham October 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

Most of Filipinos (Philippines) have a big heart for our God, they trust and believe Him. They believe that whatever is happening in their lives, it is God’s way, in hard times it is a test from God. And they believe that everything happens for a reason and God will never leave them. They never looses faith, hope and trust to God.

That is why Maricel survived this test and she is a Filipino.

Proud to be FILIPINO!
Proud to be PINOY!!!

39 Margaret October 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I know Filipino. Their strong faith in God is tremendous.

Those who trust in God, nothing is impossible.

40 Mukul October 14, 2012 at 3:01 am

Awesome story, such persons give strength to those who are still and not moving ahead in life and just obsessed with the crueality of Life

41 Edmond October 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Powerful Apatan, nothing can stop her from achieving her dreams. I have all the strength but I cried for not getting job because of the economy but I think if I work harder I will make it.

42 Rajat October 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I salute to u.

43 Suman Majumder October 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Realy! She is a winer. I was inspired from the story very much.

44 Jacob abbey October 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

This story have really lifted my hopes alive.

45 Dhundup October 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I don’t think it is God but herself helped her and it really touched me a lot… Now I know the real problem and thanks to the publisher who posted this story.

46 Abi October 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thank you!!

I was upset and try to give up, BUT now I am NOT! Because of her.

47 Vikrant October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Excellent True Story….

48 Nadeem November 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

Really very heart touching and inspiring story. Hats off for the young lady and her commitment to the life. Allah gives his sign to all human beings to felt his presence and apprecite his plans. But we are so week in our faith towards Almighty. Such incidents reinforce our faith. Great post. Thanks.

49 Saff November 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

Bravo Maricel…sheer grit and determination.

I visit this site whenever I feel low…….trust me…..feel so pepped up and positive after reading your articles. It makes me realise that the problems I am face are nothing compared to what people are facing..Thank you so much for all the positiivity you bring about thru this site.

50 Abi Subhash November 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

Praise the lord, it’s really a touching story. God bless her. Her braveness gives strength to me. Always God will do ONLY good things to us.

No words to say. If I feel down, definitely her story boosts me. God is great. These miracles are really increasing our faith in GOD. Amen

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