News: Man Uses Facebook to Save Life

This is a story that’s a little…odd…I mean…ugh, I just…it’s cool but there’s a problem I have with it. Anyway:

He (Chris Thomas) told The Huffington Post that he was attempting to get to the bathroom when his wheelchair caught the edge of a tall box just inside his bedroom. The heavy shelf in the box landed on his legs and tipped the chair over. He hit the back of his head hard on the linoleum, and when he tried to push up, he hit his head a second time. Thomas remembers little of the next hour, as he slipped in and out of consciousness.

So, Chris, while going in and out, needed help, and his smartphone became the only thing available to him. It just so happened that Facebook was open on the phone so he sent a message.

The response was rapid as his friends around the country dropped whatever they were doing and leapt into action. Out-of-state friends contacted in-state ones. In some cases, they didn’t know each other personally and all they had in common was Thomas.

Finally, as Thomas lay on the floor woozy and helpless, he saw his phone beeping and a text appeared. His friend Brad had summoned the EMT; help was coming.

This is great and all. But…if your phone was right there…I mean…he couldn’t call for anybody? I know he was drifting in and out but…I don’t know. It all worked out so that’s great. And I love putting Facebook in a positive light because people look at it as if it’s the worst thing in the world when it’s not.



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