Originally Posted by Gossie
I feel so bad for Shawn Hornbeck. He's been programmed/brainwashed over the past 4 years. Psychologically, he and his parents have a tough road ahead of them. I'm so glad he's back though.
This is true. Similar thing happened to a girl in Austria who managed an escape last year after about 6 years of captivation by a mad man. She was kept in a small room underground for most of the time, away from public eyes. She was about 10 when she was kidnapped, and now she is well into her teens. Shortly after she was rescued to safety, a television interview was conducted. Evidently she had been well taken care of materially, however she had difficulties comprehending many questions, for lack of casual, real life knowledge any normal children would acquire during the course of every day life. She had missed out on a vital stage of her young life, and one could see it was only the beginning of her true challenge to get back into normal society. I really wish the best for her, but I am sure it will be very difficult.