Jamie Neale said thinking about his mother kept him going through the 12-day ordeal when he was lost in the bush.
The British backpacker was found on Wednesday by two walkers almost two weeks after he went missing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. His mother, Jean Neale, 49, from Muswell Hill, north London, spoke to the 19-year-old by telephone yesterday in his hospital bed. "He said that thinking of me helped him get through this ordeal," she said. Mr Neale has since left hospital and attended a party held to thank those involved in the rescue effort.