Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Tells Her Story Of Kidnapping and Rescue

Dr. Phil May 13 2013 Recap

On Dr. Phil May 13 2013, Dr. Phil interviewed Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker who was captured by Somalian land pirates with her colleague Poul in 2011. She told her harrowing story, talked about her book, Impossible Odds, and of the emotional scars that her ordeal left behind.

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Tells Her Story Of Kidnapping and Rescue

Jessica Buchanan was captured by pirates and held captive for 93 days.

Dr. Phil: Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan Captured By Somalian Pirates

Jessica Buchanan told the original story of what brought her to Africa and the day of her capture. At first, Jessica thought that she was going to be assaulted and then killed by her captors.

Dr. Phil: Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan Captured By Somalian Pirates

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Captors Were On Drugs & Wanted $45 Million

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but the pirates who held her captive were mentally unstable. Always on drugs that caused paranoia and violent outbursts, she never knew what to expect. With their lack of education and understanding of the American dollar, the pirates were also asking for $45 million, having no idea just how much that was.

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Captors Were On Drugs & Wanted $45 Million

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Was Abused By Her Captors & Constantly Sick

Since pirates were out in the dessert and had few resources at their disposal, Jessica Buchanan was always getting sick because of the uncleanliness. She was also abused at the hands of her captors, both physically and emotionally.

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Was Abused By Her Captors & Constantly Sick

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Is Rescued By Navy SEAL Team 6

Jessica Buchanan had little hope left of being rescued, but on January 24, 2012, Navy SEAL Team 6 came to her and her colleague’s rescue.

Dr. Phil: Jessica Buchanan Is Rescued By Navy SEAL Team 6

Dr Phil Helps Jessica Buchanan With Her Feelings Of Helplessness

Even after being rescued, Jessica Buchanan still isn’t out of the dessert entirely. Suffering from enormous emotional damage, Dr. Phil offered his help to make her better.

Dr Phil Helps Jessica Buchanan With Her Feelings Of Helplessness 

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