HOME AT LAST: Christopher and his family at Sydney Airport when he finally arrived home. He hadn’t showered in days.
HOME AT LAST: Christopher and his family at Sydney Airport when he finally arrived home. He hadn’t showered in days. Contributed

No phone, no money, and no way to call home

ALIVE and safe were the two words Sarah Johnson waited three days to hear.

Her husband Christopher had no way of communicating to his wife that his plane was delayed and, more importantly, he was okay at Kathmandu airport.

Chris had no way of contacting Sarah and their four young children in Durong after the disaster.

He couldn't by a sim card, the phone lines had been cut and he had only 20 rupees in his wallet.

Sarah did everything she could to find out if he was alive.

She said she knew he was flying out that day and then she got a call from a friend.

"He said, I don't want you to panic, hold onto your hat, but there has been and earthquake," Sarah said.

"Your heart goes to your mouth and you think, oh no what on earth." For a couple of days she was phoning back and forth with family and friends trying to get information on whether Chris was alive or not and couldn't find anything.

"I started reading news reports then I said to my dad, I can't bear to read news reports - here we are with three little kids and a new born and I think my husband's disappeared," Sarah said.

"He's died in the earthquake for all I know, it's a pretty scary thing, the news scared me because it was so hyped up."

After three days of worrying, putting Chris on missing persons lists and getting in contact with the Australian embassy, Sarah got a mystery phone call in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"A strange call at breakfast time saying, my wife is with your husband, he is alive and he is safe," Mrs Johnson said.

"(It was a) real shock Chris had shown up," Sarah said. "Had to pinch myself for ages."

Even though Sarah and Chris went through an emotional time, they are urging people to realise that many need help in Nepal.

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