Couple leaves terrifying voicemail after New Zealand volcano eruption: 'It's been a total nightmare'

An American husband and wife, who were honeymooning in New Zealand when a volcano erupted off the coast, left a voicemail for a family member that left her "terrified."

Janet Urey got the call in the middle of the night from her son, Matt, who was with his wife, Lauren. 

Lauren’s mother, Barbara Barham said that Matt’s mother told her about a voicemail he had left saying "there had been a volcano eruption and they were burned very bad," People reported.

"He said he would try to call as soon as he could, but talking and making phone calls was difficult," Barham said. "His hands were so badly burned it was hard for him to make a phone call."

"Terrified. Any horrible emotion you can imagine," Urey said of the message on Today. "I didn't even listen to the full message. I hung up and quickly called him back, and at least got to hear his voice that he was at the hospital, but his hands were severely burned he really couldn't use the phone."

Matt and Lauren were both airlifted to different hospitals to treat their burns, The Washington Post reported.

Rick Barham, Lauren Urey's father, told NBC News that she suffered severe burns on over 25 percent of her body and Matt is in the intensive care unit with burns on more than 80 percent of his body.

"It's been a total nightmare," he added.

Both mothers are planning to fly to New Zealand to be with their children, according to The Washington Post.

Around 30 survivors are being treated at burn units around the country, a Ministry of Health spokesperson told NBC News.

Matt and Lauren were among the nine Americans on the uninhabited island when the volcano erupted, Today reported. Six deaths were confirmed after the White Island volcano erupted Monday. Another eight people are believed to have died, according to the Associated Press.

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In this Dec. 9, 2019, photo provided by Michael Schade, tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Michael Schade via AP)
This Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, photo provided by Michael Schade shows the rescuers' boat leaving White Island following the eruption of the volcano, New Zealand. Officials say on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on the New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing. Details are scarce because conditions on the island are too dangerous for officials to return and disaster victim identification experts have only begun their work. (Michael Schade via AP)
This Dec. 9, 2019, photo made from video and provided by Michael Schade shows the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Michael Schade via AP)
In this Dec. 9, 2019, photo provided by Michael Schade, rescuers land on White Island following the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Michael Schade via AP)
NEW ZEALAND shaded relief map, highlighted, with WELLINGTON (capital) and WHITE ISLAND locators, partial graphic
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (C) with New Zealand Police Superintendent Bruce Bird (L) and Whakatane Mayor Judy Turner (R) speak to the media about the eruption of Whakaari/White Island during a press conference in Whakatane on December 10, 2019. - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed "unfathomable grief" on December 10 after a volcanic eruption on a popular tourist island that is thought to have claimed 13 lives. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Floral tributes are placed on a fence at the Whakatane Wharf on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. 5 people are confirmed dead and several are missing following the volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images 2019)
TOPSHOT - Steam rises from the White Island volcano in Whakatane on December 10, 2019, after a volcanic eruption the day before. - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed "unfathomable grief" on December 10 after a volcanic eruption on a popular tourist island that is thought to have claimed 13 lives. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Floral tributes are placed on a fence at the Whakatane Wharf on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. 5 people are confirmed dead and several are missing following the volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Public look out towards the coast from the Whakatane Wharf on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. 5 people are confirmed dead and several are missing following the volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Floral tributes are placed on a fence at the Whakatane Wharf on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. 5 people are confirmed dead and several are missing following the volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: A women grieves after placing flowers on a fence at the Whakatane Wharf on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. 5 people are confirmed dead and several are missing following the volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Foreign Minister Marise Payne addressing media at Kirribilli House on December 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Three Australians are feared amongst the dead and several are injured or missing following a volcanic eruption at White Island in the Bay of Plenty on Monday. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: Smoke and ash rises from a volcano on White Island early in the morning on December 10, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. Five people are confirmed dead and several people are missing following a volcanic eruption at White Island on Monday. (Photo by John Boren/Getty Images)
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