Michelle Knight, kidnapping victim, suffers from hearing loss and will need reconstructive surgery. Photo via Facebook.
Michelle Knight, one of the three women who have been held captive in Ariel Castro’s basement for the last ten years, is reportedly still recovering in a Cleveland hospital after allegedly sustaining some serious injuries while in captivity reported her grandmother on Thursday.
Michelle Knight, who has been a prisoner in Castro’s home longer than the other two women, Amanda Berry, 28, and Gina DeJesus, 23, who joined her one and four years later respectively, was reportedly chained and bound for many years in a basement until Castro started giving her a little more freedom after being beaten into submission. Knight disappeared in 2002, when she was 22-years-old. She is now 32-years-old.
Knight’s grandmother, Deborah Knight, told WOIO TV that Knight was beaten so badly, she is hardly recognizable.
Deborah Knight said, “When she was severely beaten, he had beat her so bad in the face, she has to have facial reconstruction, and she’s lost hearing in one ear.”
Knight reportedly had five miscarriages after she was abducted and imprisoned by Castro. According to Fox News, the miscarriages were a result of Castro starving Knight for two weeks and repeatedly punching her in the stomach.
Knight also reportedly told police that when Amanda Berry, who joined Knight in captivity in 2003, got pregnant, she was forced to help deliver the baby with a warning from Castro. Castro allegedly told Knight that if the baby died, he would beat her to death. Knight said she had to issue CPR to the infant to prevent the baby from dying. That baby is now 6-years-old and was with her mother, Amanda Berry, when a neighbor helped her escape.
Knight is reportedly also being treated for severe anxiety.
UPDATE: Michelle Knight was reportedly released from the hospital, late Friday afternoon. Her whereabouts have not been disclosed because she wishes to undergo her healing process in private.
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