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Barbara was 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But during her stay, Barbara was systematically drugged and abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner.

Somehow, eventually, she started to campaign for answers. This is a shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care.

©2017 Barbara O'Hare (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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An amazing story of institutional child abuse, recovery and hope. loved it. A true redemption story.

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Heartbreaking

This story is utterly heartbreaking. I could not fault the way it was written or the narration at all. This book kept me invested the whole way through and left me feeling so sad and frustrated at what Barbara went through. Highly recommend!

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Heart wrenching

This book had me face all emotion. At times I cried for Barbara and had to stop listening, then had to turn it on again to see what happened to her. Excellent book. Sad that people are so evil.

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Wow what a excellent book but what these children went through was disgusting and horrific. Barbara tried so hard to get the love she deserved off her father and step mothers etc and I’m so happy in the end her father showed it.

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Strength and bravery...

Very well written story of tremendous bravery and strength. The voice reading it on Audible had a very heavy accent making parts hard to understand at times for this I deducted 1 star, but this should not reflect back on the book at all which itself is a 5 star book. I could relate to many parts of this story as I was only 12 too when I was placed in a mental hospital in Australia and drugged. The book provoked an array of assorted feelings in me. It wasn’t too triggering for me but very sad in some parts. I know how it feels not to be believed and the skepticism received when speaking about having been in a mental hospital as a child, it is too easy for people and even medical practitioners to assume that it is mental illness doing all the talking instead of the truth. I have no doubt that Barbara will never give up the fight. I admire her spunk. I really hope that she and others get the justice and recognition that they so rightfully deserve.

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Unbelievable courage

Most harrowing account I've read! Best narration I've heard. A must read, beware of triggers.

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wow... what strength

I cried for you, I got angry at the abuse and also at all the so called adults that came into your life and did nothing. My heart brakes for you. Hope the legal battle works out and more answers come forth. Hope Christine is doing OK if you find out news of her. take care ..

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  • Suzy L.
  • 04-01-2019

Horrific childhood. Almost too bad to believe.

I can't imagine all the atrocities the author endured as a child. Great narration. Sad story but kept the listener engaged.

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  • Dr. Z
  • 25-03-2018

Gut wrenching, incredibly sad

What made the experience of listening to The Hospital the most enjoyable?

I can't say anything was enjoyable about the story, it was one of the most horrific stories I have heard, but one that must be told and known about.

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Barbara, thank you for sharing your terrifying and maddening story. I hope that the success of your book continues to bring you more healing and that it may allow for others to step forward who have also been so brutally abused; to give their own terror a voice.

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  • Susan E. Corney
  • 24-10-2020

Gripping story of horrific childhood abuse

Barbara oHare writes an incredible biography of her abused childhood and the people that knew and did nothing to help. I feel for her and all the victims is Aston Hall and the despicable Milner...He was no Doctor.

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  • Crowd of Nevadans
  • 28-06-2019

Fantastically Horrible

This book was well written, and the things the author endured were very brutal. The narrator comes off a little annoying at first but after a little while I understand why she was chosen to narrate the book. Her child like voice brought the character to life. Loved this book.

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  • shanoah goodenough
  • 12-12-2019

great listen

loved it! great listen. a true story of a rough childhood! treatment of a mental hospital

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  • Faye
  • 09-12-2019

Terrifying but helpful

As a social worker I can not thank Barbara enough for this story. This book will have you gripping your seat and having to finish the next chapter. The way it was told was excellent! Just so unbelievable and believed at the same time. The experience it gave me as a social worker , I will find a way to contact Barbara and tell her. Must read!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-2019

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As a survivor of extreme child abuse I found this memoir of Ms. O'Hare to lift a huge weight left behind by child abuse be lifted. This book is highly recommend to victims of child abuse.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-06-2019

Couldn't put it down

Incredible. If you didn't know otherwise, you would think this is just a really good fiction/horror tale. Just incredible.

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 26-03-2019

Too horrific to believe!

This story is saddening, maddening, horrific, just too many adjectives come to mind to describe it. Almost too awful to believe. Found I could not stop listening. God bless this author for what she lived through and survived. Sad to think that situations like this happen -- and without a doubt, still do today!! :(

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  • Aubrey
  • 17-03-2018

couldn't put it down

loved the book it broke my heart and blew me away all at the same time definitely worth the read

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  • Mr C Edwards
  • 29-01-2018

Inspiring and truthful

A tear jerking story which had me compelled to the very end, narrated beautifully by Charlie Sanderson. I hope Barbara that you eventually get final closure. Thank you for sharing your story. X

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  • Julie
  • 03-05-2020

i now have my file....

thank you for writing this book, because of your bravery, i was eventually brave enough to make contact with the wonderful lady that you gave me the number for. i have now been able to read my file. it is heart breaking to read. Julie xxx

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  • Jan
  • 26-09-2018

Totally Absorbing Book

Society's disgusting hidden truth finally fully revealed. Harrowing at times especially when we now realise how prevelant organised child abuse is and has ALWAYS been. It's rife among those in positions of power and control. May Milner's pedophile associates be hunted down and pay for their vile deeds and those who are dead, especially Milner, may they NEVER rest in peace and burn in the bowels of hell for eternity for the pain, suffering and deaths they were responsible for.

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  • David McGough
  • 20-07-2020

Very Harrowing and Wonderful Courage

What a truly sad wonderful and deeply harrowing book by Barbara O' Hare and narrated brilliantly by Charlie Sanderson - I myself am a victim/survivor of truly brutal torture from an uncaring repulsive NHS system and wholly determined to cover-up what happened to me. The current system of pursuing justice in this country is designed against the victim/survivor and this simply has to stop from a system scared of admitting the obvious traumatic abuse of vulnerable adults and which is still widespread. There never is a justification for erroneous 'treatments' and Barbara O' Hare' account of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of evil Dr Milner is truly horrendous - the raw shock of the brutality and disdain show to vulnerable people is truly horrifying. I cried heavily listening to this book because of my own life story and because I am still without justice for being tortured at the hands of criminal NHS Trusts. I agree that living whatever your own individual story is it does make us exceptionally strong super humans - if the system in this country shows duty of care to vulnerable children/adults they have truly horrifically failed and actually learns valuable lessons then a better world awaits us. David McGough

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  • SARAH GREENWOOD
  • 08-02-2018

captivating

captivating amazing book, couldn't stop listening from start to finish a sad story though xx

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  • Sally Shepherd
  • 06-02-2018

Wow!

How clouls this be allowed to have happened this is the 60 70s shocking treatment.So glad Barbara was able to tell this heartbreaking stort

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  • Alison Morton
  • 20-07-2020

heartbreaking real life story

Highly recommended. It's horrific that anyone had to endure this, I listened in absolute horror to the story of Barbara's life. But is was such a compelling listen. My heart goes out to her and to the child she was who endured such horrific treatment at the hands of the very people a child should be able to trust. I didn't experience child abuse like this but I married my abuser and so much of the emotions that come out in the book resonate with me I have CPTSD. I feel inspired to take Barbara's advice and write my story. just for myself and my healing. Barbara is a true warrior and I thank her for her courage and incredible resilience.

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  • Denise N
  • 17-09-2018

Such amazing courage and strength.

This book demonstrates the unbelievable horror suffered by precious children . it's author has amazing strength.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2018

A struggle to finish🙄

Story that needs to be told but way too long and repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Kerrie Young
  • 13-07-2018

Poor Narration

The story itself was very engaging but the terrible narration deflected attention from it as I found myself being irritated by the narrators lack of the use of punctuation

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