"Mother, it's me," Nate said. "Listen to me very carefully, okay? There's been a horrible natural disaster in Sri Lanka. I am fine. I don't have a passport and I don't have anything, but there are many people here from different countries and we've already alerted the embassy. Fernando, I can't find still and it happened hours ago, so I don't know where he is. But I just want you to know that I am fine and that I will call when I have an opportunity. I borrowed the one cell phone that works from the government here. Okay? I love you."
So how did Nate's mother respond? "I was really in shock because I hadn't heard about the tsunami at this point," she says. "I was in an airport. And so I get this call and I'm thinking, 'What has he survived? What is he alive from?' My husband's watching me take this call and I have no blood left in my body and I don't even know who to ask. I saw some man with a laptop and I said, 'Can you tell me if you know anything about Sri Lanka?' And he said, 'Yes, there's been the largest natural disaster in a hundred years there ... a tsunami.' So I said to my husband, '[Nate] survived a tsunami? Oh, my God. I don't believe it.'"