Deaf news: Deaf hostage released after $1million ransom is paid

Posted on March 22, 2012

A deaf hostage has been released six months after her husband was killed when she was seized by Somalian pirates in Kenya.

Judith Tebbutt, 56, is believed to be profoundly deaf in both ears and a hearing aid wearer. A ransom in excess of $1million was raised by family and friends and then paid to the pirates to secure her release.

This BBC news report quotes her as saying: “I’m just happy to be released and I’m looking forward to seeing my son who successfully secured my release. I don’t know how he did it, but he did, which is great.”

Speaking to ITV News upon her release, she said: “I am very relieved to have been released. Seven months is a long time and under the circumstances with my husband passing away… made it harder. There were some very hard psychological moments… but I got through it. So I’m really relieved.”

By Charlie Swinbourne, Editor

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