Monday, January 9, 2017

You Carried Me: A Book Review

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Melissa Ohden was 14 years old when she discovered she was the result of an unsuccessful abortion.  Yes, you read that right.  Melissa was adopted after a saline abortion failed to kill her.  This book is an incredible memoir of a life determined to be lived.

Melissa Ohden was adopted; a fact she had known her whole life.  What she did NOT know, until she was 14 years old, was that her birth mother had a saline abortion to try to terminate her life.  Four days after the abortion process started, her birth mother delivered a baby that she was told was dead. Melissa's maternal grandmother was the nurse that delivered the baby and attempted to cover up the fact that the baby was very much alive.

A kind nurse took Melissa (whom they nicknamed Katie Rose since she obviously wasn't given a name), to the NICU where she continued to grow and even thrive.  She had NO physical scarring from the attempted abortion.

"A saline abortion is performed by injecting the caustic saline solution into the amniotic fluid that surrounds an unborn baby in the second trimester. The baby breathes in the fluid, which burns her lungs and scorches her skin, causing her to die within several hours. The mother then goes through labor to give birth to the dead baby."

Melissa's miraculous story is told in her book, "You Carried Me", just released today. The fact that she survived this horrific procedure is miracle enough; the fact that she has NO physical scars is beyond astonishing.

Melissa tells of her search for her biological parents, her own parenting adventure, and her faith in God that always carried her through. This book is truly inspirational.  For anyone who has ever doubted their reason for being here, I highly recommend "You Carried Me."

You can find this book here:You Carried Me  

Or here: Barnes and Noble

1 comment:

Karen Mortensen said...

Sounds like a wonderful book.