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In December 2004, a deadly East Asian tsunami killed an estimated 181,000 people. Decorator Nate Berkus was vacationing in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka, with his partner, Fernando Bengoechea, when the gigantic wave hit. Nate barely survived, but tragically, Fernando did not.

Just two weeks later, Nate shared his harrowing experience on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His vivid firsthand account put a face on the horror millions of viewers were witnessing halfway around the world.

In March 2006, Nate made an emotional journey back to the remote island where his life changed forever.  A tough decision
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Published on May 15, 2006

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