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Teen who woke from coma after a brutal rape refuses abortion

Australian teenager April-Lee Gillen, 17, was discovered unconscious and critically injured after a violent rape last Easter. Gillen, who was walking home from her boyfriend’s home, was sexually assaulted and left for dead on the side of the road after what appeared to be a failed abduction. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a motorist found Gillen and brought her to a nearby hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Doctors placed her in an induced coma and discovered afterwards that Gillen was four weeks pregnant, but from the beginning, Gillen was a fighter. As she posted on Facebook about the situation, she recalls likely putting up a fight during the attack and following the advice her mother had once given her.

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