Rescued Missionary Heads Home to America

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Former Somali hostage Jessica Buchanan is finally heading home to Pennsylvania.

Earlier Monday, she left Italy where she'd been undergoing reintegration treatment.

Buchanan, 32, and Danish aid worker Poul Thisted, 60, were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held in captivity since last October.

U.S. Navy SEALs rescued the pair in a pre-dawn operation last week.

"We're doing well as a family, and Jessica, we have not seen her yet -- so today's the big day," Buchanan's father John told ABC News.

"We're all extremely excited about that," he said. "Obviously, I mean I can't really express it in words what it's going to be like to see her... We're just really looking forward to a great reunion."

Buchanan is a missionary and sold most of her belongings to do work in Africa.

Her family said she felt a call to spread the gospel there, and has always been compassionate.

Buchanan's dad said they joked while she was in captivity "that she may have even been teaching those guys English or something, you know her captors. That's the kind of person she is."

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