Somali pirates freed a British hostage Wednesday, nearly seven months after she was taken captive in a raid at a Kenyan beach resort in which her husband was killed.
Judith Tebbutt told British broadcaster ITN that she was "very relieved" and was looking forward to seeing her son, who, she said, had helped secure her release.
"I don't know how he did it," she said.
She said her captivity took a psychological toll but she endured.
"Seven months is a long time and under the circumstances with my husband passing away, it made it harder," she told ITN.
Tebbutt, taken hostage last September, was flown out of Adado, Somalia, to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
"The priority now is to get her to a place of safety," said a spokesman from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Tebbutt's release came after lengthy negotiations between elders in Adado and local authorities, said Omar Mohammed Diirey, a regional administration official in central Somalia.
He described Tebbutt as "very tired and pale but fine otherwise."
Tebbutt was abducted from a safari lodge in the popular Kenyan tourist town of Lamu. Gunmen fatally shot her husband, David Tebbutt, when he resisted, according to Kenyan police.
Judith Tebbutt was spirited away aboard a pirates' speedboat.