Amanda Berry ‘Afraid Her Freedom Is A Dream,’ Father Reveals

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May. 22 2013, Published 6:46 a.m. ET

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Amanda Berry is having a hard time adjusting to her new freedom.

In a new interview with The National Enquirer, Amanda’s father Johnny Berry, who is battling a deadly pulmonary disease, reveals that his daughter has been struggling ever since she was rescued from the home of accused kidnapper Ariel Castro – and has the details.

“When she called me, her voice was the most beautiful sound I ever heard,” Johnny recalled about talking to his daughter for the first time since she disappeared at the age of 16.

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“She said, ‘Hi, Daddy. I’m still alive. I love you, love you, love you!’ We were both was the happiest day of my life.”

He explains that the 27-year-old, who is living with her sister Beth Serrano in Cleveland, has not recovered from the trauma of her captivity.

“Amanda’s having a terrible time,” he said.

“She’s having night­mares every night, waking up screaming and crying, terrified that Castro is coming after her, or that she’s still a prisoner. She told me she’s afraid her freedom is a dream and she’s going to wake up to the horror of finding out she is still a prisoner.”

For more on Amanda Berry and her father’s in-depth interview, pick up the latest issue of The National Enquirer, on newsstands Thursday.


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