The giant social media platform Facebook has evolved into something much more than a photo sharing and liking website. These six people amazingly saved by Facebook can testify to that. From photo sharing, to liking and commenting, to pokes, all the way to petitions, shops, hipster events and groups for adopting kittens, Facebook has come a long way. Besides gathering likes to feel validated, stalking their exes and spamming innocent by-standers, apparently people use Facebook for other purposes. Like saving lives. You didn’t see that coming, did you? Prepare to get all fuzzy and warm inside. Come to think better of it, you might even tear up by #1. So feel free to pull that box of tissues closer to you.
6. Chris Thomas
Because he suffers from muscular dystrophy, Thomas, a twenty eight year old veteran, has to use a wheelchair. He was in his home one day when his wheelchair caught the edge of a box, making a heavy shelf fall on the ex soldier’s legs and pinning him down to the ground. He was slipping in and out of consciousness because he hit his head, and when he managed to scream for help no one heard him. Luckily, he managed to post a status on Facebook using his smartphone and although it was incoherent, his friends immediately knew something was wrong. Rescue was on its way in a matter of minutes, with more than twelve of his Facebook friends hurrying over to his place.
5. Rylee Taylor
When Tara Taylor posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook, she was just expecting some likes and comments. What she didn’t expect was two friends giving her advice to take the three year old girl to the doctor. The picture that showed Rylee in her princess suit also captured how only one of the girl’s eyes was glowing. While some dismissed it as a weird flash effect, including the girl’s mother, others thought something was fishy. And they were right. On going to a retina specialist, the Taylor family found out that Rylee had a very rare eye condition, Coats, which is usually very hard to catch on early on kids. The disease can cause loss of vision, but the lucky early discovery for Rylee meant higher chances of recovery.
4. Lois Shelton
It’s true that most accidents happen indoors. Lois Shelton, seventy five years old, tripped on a step and fell on her kitchen floor. She wasn’t able to stand up and with her phone in the other room she didn’t know what else to do. Luckily, she had her laptop nearby and managed to drag herself up to the keyboard. Minutes after she posted a Facebook message saying she had fallen and needed help, neighbors were on their way to help her.
3. Sixteen Year Old Boy
An English teenager from Oxfordshire was talking on Facebook with a girl who lived 5800 km away, in Maryland, when he confessed he was about to commit suicide. The girl across the ocean immediately alerted her mother telling her everything about her friend and they called their local police department to ask for help. From there on, the police reached out to a contact in the White House who connected them with the British Embassy in Washington. Reaching Scotland Yard and then the Oxfordshire police, the authorities managed to pin down the location of the teen who had threatened to kill himself and found him unconscious after an overdose. It took three hours after he sent his message to the American girl for police to find him and save his life.
2. Rick Fosnot
After having to have both his kidneys removed because of a polycystic kidney disease, Rick Fosnot was put on dialysis and on the six year wait list for a new kidney. Coincidentally, at the same time, Janine Pape Sansom was using Facebook to find Fosnot, whom she knew from back when she was a kid and he was a lifeguard. On hearing about what he was going through, she got tested and discovered she was a match. She didn’t hesitate to donate one of her kidneys to the man she hadn’t seen in almost twenty years. The transplant was a success, with Janine explaining her altruistic gesture by saying that she had an extra kidney she didn’t need.
1. Victoria Boisclair
After successfully giving birth to Victoria Boisclair in Quebec, Melissa McMahon was resting in her hospital bed when she was announced a woman dressed as a nurse had kidnapped her baby and had ran away in a car that had a “Baby on Board” sticker. An alert of the kidnapping was quickly issued and the post went viral. Four friends saw the Facebook alert and recognized the suspect’s photo as their twenty one year old ex neighbor. They drove to the kidnapper’s apartment, recognized the car and called the police. When the police arrived, they found little Victoria safe and they arrested the woman who had kidnapped the baby, Valerie Poulin Collins. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.