Dear Dr. Patel: You Aborted My Twin Brother, and Left Me With Life-Long Health Complications
By Claire Culwell
[Editor’s note: Claire Culwell, an abortion survivor, wrote this letter last week to Dr. Nareshkumar Patel, whom she recently discovered was the abortionist that performed the abortion that took her twin brother’s life, and very nearly took her own. This was mailed last week, and Dr. Patel should have received it Monday. Claire now works for the ministry founded by Abby Johnson, And Then There Were None, which provides support to men and women involved in the abortion industry to help them leave.]
Dear Dr. Patel,
I am writing with a heavy heart. I recently discovered you in the news due to the violations your abortion clinic has made. I found that I have a closer connection to you than I thought.
“In February of 2013, another miracle happened… My daughter was born! I can’t help but think about how she wouldn’t be here if the abortion had been successful on my life.”
In 1988, my 13-year-old birth mother placed herself in your care to perform her abortion…her 20-week abortion. She was assured that the abortion would fix her problem and that her life would return to normal, but it didn’t. When she returned to see you, she was informed that the abortion had been successful, in part, but she was still pregnant as she had actually been pregnant with twins but had been misinformed. She was also told that during the abortion the amniotic sac had been ruptured, thus leaking fluid for weeks. This proposed many complications for my birth mother. Due to the botched abortion, I was born 2.5 months premature with many lifelong complications.
As I read your medical practice history, I found my testimony consistent with many of your other former patients. My birth mother was 13. She was young and naïve; she would be easy to manipulate and lie to. She didn’t know any better. Due to the abortion that was botched, my birth mother has suffered 26 years of hardship and regret. I can only imagine the things that may have happened that she feels like she can’t speak about…things that other women are confessing that you did to them while in your care.
However, she was not the only one affected by the failed abortion. My life, my family’s life, and my children’s lives would all eventually be affected by one “mistake” or one “botched abortion” that was performed so long ago. Not only was I born 2.5 months premature, but I was born with complications including dislocated hips, club feet, and was on life support in the hospital. I went through multiple casts on my feet, a harness on my hips to prepare for surgery and body casts in order to correct what the abortion had done to my body. In fact, I still have hip and foot complications today due to the abortion. The unfortunate part is that I am not alone. Hundreds of other survivors of abortions are speaking up, letting the world know that we ARE children, we DO deserve a chance at life and that abortion is, clearly, NOT SAFE.
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