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by Elizabeth Chuck

They did the titles for the darkest reasons, then again for the most unlikely: to escape, months or years after being kidnapped. [1

9659007] When the news came Thursday that Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager who passed away since October, had been found alive, Closs joined a group of kidnapped survivors who had a second chance at life.

But he should not expect it to be the same life he had before his ordeal, according to some who have been in similar situations.

Michelle Knight sits for an interview on Megyn Kelly on April 30th. Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Elizabeth Smart, the woman from Utah who was detained for nine months when she was 14, told NBC News that she was "so excited" to know that Jayme had been found.

Taken at Knifepoint from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002, Smart said that during her imprisonment, she felt that "life had been stolen from me, all dreams and asp stolen. "

" When I was saved, I suddenly felt all that was returned, and I did not want to miss anything, and I hope and pray that Jayme feels the same way, "said Smart, now 31.

For Michelle Knight, 37, who was one of three women chained in a Cleveland home for years by rapist Ariel Castro – Knight was detained for 11 years – Jayme's escape brought memories of her first day of captivity .


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