Hope wins out in a story of a life unlike any other

Jean Neale who has written a book about the abusve that happened to her in a children's home.
Jean Neale who has written a book about the abusve that happened to her in a children's home.

A RUGBY woman who suffered years of torture and abuse in a children’s home has written a book about her extraordinary, and at times disturbingly dark, life.

Jean Neil was beaten with stinging nettles for wetting the bed as a toddler.

She suffered in freezing ice baths for speaking out of turn to her carers and was stripped naked and beaten for making wisecracks.

Jean, 76, of Oliver Street, was put in a home in the south of England where she was physically and emotionally abused for 15 years.

She recently discovered her parents carried out a catalogue of cruel acts including burning her brother’s arm after catching him with matches and nearly slicing his ear off after throwing a metal instrument at him.

“My book is from the heart,” said Jean.

“It’s been an incredible journey for me and it will be called ‘I Experienced a Miracle’ or ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’.”

Jean will never understand how her parents could inflict such pain to others, but she has forgiven them.

“I cannot fully honour my parents as I should but I have forgiven them for all I went through in my past and what I know now.”

She recently returned to the family home but was too sickened to go inside.

“Both my mother and my father went to prison for what they did,” said Jean, who has been all over the world helping others.

“I felt cold when I stood outside the house, knowing what had gone on inside it.”

After her hellish upbringing in the children’s home, Jean married John when she was 24. But soon into the marriage she fell and fractured her coccyx, ending up in a wheelchair for several years.

“I had the first of three operations on my spine,” said Jean.

“My health problems included heart attacks and angina. I was almost blind and had paralysis in both arms and had brain surgery after a car accident.”

Jean, who still misses the husband she lost nearly three years ago, said: “I shouldn’t be here today.

“When I went into the intensive care unit for the fourth time I was told I would never walk again.”

She joined a church in Lawford Road and went to healing meetings.

“I had resentment, bitterness and hatred,” she said.

Then something happened that changed Jean’s life.

She claims she experienced a ‘miracle’ after preacher Reinhard Bonnke healed her in Birmingham.

“I felt as though I’d had an anaesthetic. The preacher said Dr Jesus was operating on me and continued to pray. I was able to stand as he was praying, then walk, then run within seconds.”

Jean, who is now a street pastor in Rugby, said: “I am praying the book will help others who have had similar things happen to them.

“I also hope I’ve given my children and family everything I didn’t have.”

The book, which only took four months to write, will be dedicated to her beloved husband John.

“It has been like a healing process for me,” said Jean.

She said the book will not be expensive and some of the proceeds will go to help people in Africa. Jean added: “I want people to know that whatever happens in life there is hope.

“There is always hope.”