Nancy Ruiz, the mother of Gina DeJesus, pinches herself every morning, still in amazement that her daughter is again by her side after going missing so many years ago.
‘I’m still in a dream to be honest,” Ruiz said Thursday morning. “It is so awesome to have her home.”
Ruiz was interviewed by NewsChannel5 photographer Mike Vielhaber, as well as “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts.
She told Vielhaber about Gina’s return home, and the immense outpouring of support with a crowd of spectators lining the street cheering.
“She knew it was for her and recognized a lot of her friends," Ruiz said. "She was very overwhelmed. It took a couple minutes to get her out but as everybody saw, she gave a thumbs up.”
In her interview with Roberts, Ruiz described the first moments she reunited with Gina in the hospital after her daughter was found alive in a home on Seymour Avenue.
“We just grabbed each other and held on. There were no words - just hugging and kissing and crying,” Ruiz said.
The ongoing whirlwind of emotions comes just in time for Mother’s Day Sunday, which Ruiz said has been every day for her since Gina was rescued.
“I am so blessed and so thankful,” Ruiz said. “I always felt she would walk through my front door.”