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Abortion Survivor Writes To Doctor Who Performed Procedure

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An abortion survivor has reached out to the doctor who initially performed the failed surgical procedure on her mother. 

Claire Cullwell was born to a 13-year-old mother who had gone to an abortion clinic after hearing of her pregnancy, underwent an abortion procedure, and been told that the abortion was successful. Upon returning to the clinic, however, the mother was informed by her doctor that she was still pregnant. The abortion had only eliminated one of two twins with which the mother was impregnated. 

Claire was subsequently born prematurely, and she suffered several health complications as a result of the abortion. She has since grown into a healthy young woman, and she recently became a mother herself. 

After noticing Dr. Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel appear in the news for allegations that he had raped patients and improperly dumped baby remains, Culwell connected the doctor to her own mother’s surgical procedure. She has since penned a letter to the doctor, explaining how she survived one of his abortions and has since grown up to be a successful young woman. 

Culwell’s letter also criticizes Patel of his alleged malpractice. 

"I am writing with a heavy heart," she begins. "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."

After running down her family's history, she wrote:

“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.

This is the portion that has apparently resonated with the most people:

Dr. Patel, I write not only to shed light on the reality of the severe aftermath that can happen when abortions are performed, but to also express my forgiveness to you for what happened. I have lived a full life and been well loved in my 26 years of life despite my circumstances. I was adopted into an incredible home that gave more grace and forgiveness than I ever could have asked for. In the same way I have been forgiven by God for many things, I choose to forgive you. I forgive you for performing the abortion in 1988 and for the enormous impact it has had on my birth mother and me.

The letter was also published in its entirety via Life Site News. Cullwell currently works for And Then There Were None, an organization which provides support to men and women involved in the abortion industry by convincing them to leave. 

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