Tonight's special guest is Laurie Purcell from Bay Shore, New York, a returning NAASCA family member from Long Island. Her abuse was severe .. physical, sexual and emotional. Her father put her in a swimming pool when she was 2 1/2 and walked away. She drowned. She was thrown out a second story window when she was 4 yrs old. The neglect she experienced is a large part of the reason she's lived most of her life in full leg braces. She says, "From the abuse I died 3 times. Heaven is wonderful, but God wasn't ready for me. The second trip took me 4 years to recover from. I have anoxia, brain damage due to lack of oxygen. That effects my memory. I got to the point of realizing I couldn't recover relearn everything." But Laurie's resilient, if nothing else. Good thing. She's has brain problems, nerve problems, fibromyalgia and other auto immune diseases. "Basically the doctors told me I'm in the body of a 90 yr old, body and brain." On previous occasions, many people have been effected by hearing her story. "I have the light still flickering in me," Laurie notes, "that and my sense of humor will get me through." She goes on, "I am passionate about this cause," adding, "In my photos on Facebook, The Story of Laurie Purcell, you will find picture after picture of the extent I go to for the kids." In addition there are 4 or 5 videos on her timeline. "If you watch one, or all of them, you will find out who I am," she points out. "I'm a warrior who will fight this battle to the end for the kids of today. My message: You can survive, and those of us who did owe it to our kids to save them from what we went through."
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