Inside this ‘hospital from hell’, this perfectly sane 12-year-old girl witnessed daily brawls and bashings. She witnessed ghastly sights, including beatings by staff, frenzied assaults and suicide. To add to her torment the doctors decided on a series of experimental shock treatments to attempt to erase the memory of the rape; the side effect was to erase her early childhood memories! To survive she invented a tough ‘pretend friend’ to protect her from those who tried to kick her to death and nearly succeeded. ‘The pretend friend’ became her second personality.
Paulette Conti, has revealed her whole story to award-winning, Australian journalist and author, Les Thompson. This story also paints a poignant picture of a girl yearning for her mother to rescue her and then finally meeting the dashing Italian-American man whose lively spirit and deep compassion would lead her to having her own family, a nursing career and the determination to help others.