Role Reversed: Patti – A Save Story from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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God uses unexpected situations to get our attention and to bring about life-giving changes that allow us to experience the abundant life He has promised.

Very often, an unexpected pregnancy is just that: God using it to manifest His power and love in the life of the mother.

In choosing life for her preborn child, her child is saving her life because of the positive life changes engendered for her.

Patti was sick and tired.

Simply sick and tired of her life.

She had been battling substance abuse.

And as hard as she’d tried, the tentacles of addiction seemed too strong for her to break free.

Additionally, Patti already had multiple children she could barely support.

When she found out she was pregnant, the stress proved unbearable.

The father of the baby simply said, “Get rid of it.”

There did not seem to be any option other than abortion.

Patti had already gone to two abortion facilities – and completed pre-abortion procedures – when she stumbled upon Heroic Media’s OAASYS Emergency Response ads.

Something prompted her to call the phone number on her screen.

And when she did, she was connected to our Pregnancy Help Center partner in Philadelphia.

The hotline counselor encouraged Patti to come in to process through her situation with a client advocate before rushing headlong into an abortion.

Even though Patti felt sure that her only option was abortion, she figured she had nothing to lose by visiting our pregnancy help center partner first.

Patti was not prepared for the depth of compassion with which she was met at the center!

Her client advocate listened to her without judgment and helped her see that there was hope and help available to her should she choose to continue with her pregnancy.

Patti started crying when she came to the realization that there were resources available to her!

Further, learning about the possible emotional and physical risks of abortion also made her think twice about her options.

Finally, seeing the ultrasound of her baby helped Patti realize that, in spite of the odds seemingly stacked against her, her baby’s life was worth it!

Newly empowered through the help of the center, Patti embraced and chose life for her precious baby!

Your support of Heroic Media provides second chances for mothers like Patti – helping them to not only realize that abortion is not a good option, but also providing the motivation for them to turn their lives around.


Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my
heart and my portion forever.”

Elaine Russo

Elaine Russo

Elaine Russo is Heroic Media's Director of Pregnancy Center Training. A graduate of Brown University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling, Elaine has been actively involved in pregnancy center ministry for the past 15 years, during which she served as the Executive Director of pregnancy medical centers in Boston and Philadelphia. Elaine joined the Heroic Media team in July 2014. One of her main passions is to help equip Pregnancy Help Centers to increase their outreach to individuals at risk for abortion and to be the first responders in an unexpected pregnancy. Elaine and her husband, Chris, reside in Virginia with their three young children.

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