what a sad story. I am actually amazed though that anyone bothered to help her, as this sort of extremely abusive treatment of people with mental illness has been the norm rather than otherwise

one quibble, its this sentence

Unfortunately during her youth, her parents died forcing Anna and her three sisters to fend for themselves.

surely it should be

Unfortunately during her youth, her parents died, forcing Anna and her three sisters to fend for themselves.

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