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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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What a fighter

the performance really kept me listening, I wonder what happened to Kirsten (I know names were probably changed fro privacy) or Steven. the part when the police took Barbra from the woman she followed looking for her mom I wanted to cry "leave her there you idiots she wants to keep her," but I know why they didn't after all her last foster mom seemed nice at first too. it just sucks not long after this she ended up in the hospital.

lots of love from Canada to Barbra and the victims of Dr. Milner I found out that you won your case, while no amount of money will fix what happened I'm sure the fact that it has be acknowledged that they BELIVE you is a good step in healing.

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gobsmacked me

this book ,I couldn't get over it. it was in my head for days after I read it. kind of disturbing a great read!!! that girl went through hell I could never do what she did. Lisa Jensen

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Riveting story!

This is one of the saddest stories of child abuse I have ever heard. Barbara has such courage and strength! She is amazing and listening to all her struggles made me very upset. I am so glad that she has come through this with strength and courage !

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wow

this book is outstanding. at first I was skeptical. the narration seemed to dramatic. but my goodness. I was so wrong. this is by far the best narration I have ever listened to. I felt like I was in the book travelling with this poor, and unbelievably strong woman. this is a book you must read!

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I feel sorry about what Barbara went throo I cant imagine going throo that I feel so bad.....

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sad story but good

sad story of child.abuse in children's mental hospitals and one of the survivors stories.

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Absolutely heartbreaking

My heart truly goes out to all those poor souls who suffered even a moment's time in Aston halls. To all the other kids who are left in the hands of evil adults. From one survivor to many others, you are loved. xx

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Emotionally Draining

Oh I wish that "Dr" had not passed away before it was investigated
Barbara you are an amazing soul and I too have beat cancer, it changes your life. I'm so sorry you had to suffer so much. The book made me want to save you and all the kids. God Bless

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  • Suzy L.
  • 2019-01-04

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
  • 2018-03-25

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
  • 2020-10-24

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
  • 2019-06-28

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
  • 2019-12-12

great listen

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-21

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
  • 2019-03-26

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
  • 2018-03-17

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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  • P. Stein
  • 2020-10-21

Dramatic true story.

I wasn’t certain if this was a true story or a historical novel. I googled. The abuses at the named hospital and the named doctor are well documented. By coincidence, I had just finished listening to “ Slave Girl,” by the same narrator. The narrator is excellent, and alternated her accent and tones, adult vs child, very well. This book/Audible is well worth reading. Anyone enjoying this book, should consider The Throwaway Children. Although that Audible is 17 hours, it kept my interest throughout. There is more genuine humanity to that book, though it is a historical novel, not a true story.

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  • Faye
  • 2019-12-09

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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