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EXCLUSIVE: 19 Action News reporter Lydia Esparra invited into the home of Gina DeJesus

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19 Action News reporter Lydia Esparra was the ONLY reporter welcomed into the home of Gina DeJesus.

Lydia had worked with the family for nine years, ever since Gina first disappeared.

Lydia greeted her, embraced her and told Gina that her parents never stopped looking for her.

While inside Lydia also told Gina that she looked nothing like her composite and she laughed. Gina said it felt good to be home and said she's OK.

Happy to be inside her own home, Gina walked through the house and into her bedroom.

Lydia only stayed there briefly and they didn't talk about her ordeal. Although the family asked Lydia to stay she left on her own.

"I still feel like this is a dream I still pinch myself I know she is there  and she is going to be there but it's still like a dream," said Nancy Ruiz. 

A dream she has waited for for nine long agonizing years.  And she would have never imagined finding her daughter with Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry. 

"There is no way to the describe the beauty of seeing them," said Nancy Ruiz.

And they are grateful to Amanda who escaped but wouldn't leave that house of horrors without her soul sisters.

Gina is now home -- a little thinner, short hair, slightly pale but during her ordeal having faith.

"I knew she needed me and I never gave up never gave up searching for her," said Nancy Ruiz.

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