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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 21:19 GMT
Boy beats odds to drumming final
Cornel Hrisca-Munn
Cornel has drummed his way into a national final
A teenager who was born without any forearms has reached the finals of a national drumming competition.

Cornel Hsrica-Munn was adopted by a Worcester family after being placed in an orphanage in his native Romania.

The 15-year-old said he wanted to learn an instrument and said that because of his disability he opted for drumming.

Now Cornel, who also has a false leg, has reached the final of young drummer of the year, fending off competition from 420 other competitors.

"I was starting a new school and I wanted to learn an instrument and I thought drums would be the only option so I took it up and since then I've loved it," the teenager said.

I've been really blessed with what I've got in my life and I want other people to have the same opportunities
Cornel Hsrica-Munn

"I've never really had limits so I just give it a go and if I can't do it then ok, something else, but if I can do it then why not?

"I don't just give up on the first try, I keep going at something to try and get it."

Cornel was put into the orphanage by doctors who told his natural parents he would probably die. It was from there that he adopted by Ken and Doreen Munn.

Courage award

Mrs Munn said: "When he was in that cot and they asked us if we could help him I didn't think there was anything we could do.

"But he has just amazed us through these 14 years we've had him."

Cornel Hrisca-Munn as a baby
Cornel was left in a Romanian orphanage as a baby

In 2004 Cornel won The Pride of Britain Child of Courage Award in recognition of his fund-raising which began when he was aged six and rode his tricycle four miles around a local park to raise 8,500 for a young Romanian boy with cancer.

He has since set up the Cornel Romanian Rehabilitation Centre Trust which raises money for a limb centre in Romania.

He said: "I set up this charity because I wanted people in my own country of Romania to have the same opportunities and the same quality of life that I've had.

"I've been really blessed with what I've got in my life and I want other people to have the same opportunities as me."

Cornel beat off competition from 420 other drummers

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