ECLECTIC, AL (WSFA) - The phone still rings off the hook at Maxine Birmingham's house in Eclectic, Alabama.
Concerned loved ones are checking in while hundreds of miles away, her son, Warrant Officer Chris Royal, recovers from gunshot wounds suffered in the mass shooting at Fort Hood.
"I was just frantic. I was just thankful to God after I found out he was not dead," says Birmingham.
Royal was hit three times--one bullet struck his spine.
Family members say he was trying stop the gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, from shooting anyone else.
She's talked to her son three times since then.
"He was trying to calm me down," says Birmingham.
And even though she knows he's ok, "I've been a nervous wreck...I'm not gonna lie, I have," she says.
Surrounded by family and friends Birmingham's keeping an eye on the latest developments thankful her son's alive, and feeling sorry for families who may never see theirs again.
"I know the families that lost their loved ones...you can't get them back. But, you have my prayers and God bless you."
And with every phone ring, there's the hope that it's Chris calling.
"And when I heard his voice, I was happy. I was super happy."
As she waits for the chance to get even closer.
"I just want to wrap my arms around him. I need to touch him...I just need to touch him."