Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4397 posts, RR: 17 Posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 933 times:
Check this out. Posted yesterday at ABCNEWS.COM
From ABC NEWS, at abc.com posted uyesterday 10/17/03
Last weekend, three strangers, hundreds of miles away from each
other, all logged on to an Internet chat room late at night to play a
card game called Pyramids
Little did they know it would turn into a life-or-death drama in
which two of them would become lifesaving Internet angels.
Cindy Long was playing cards when she suddenly had chest pains and
felt as though she were having a heart attack.
The Sarasota, Fla., woman's legs buckled as she tried to stand up.
Because her computer was logged on to the Internet via the phone
line, she couldn't make a call. So she reached out in the only way
available to her: She pleaded for help from her Internet chat room
"I thought I was going to just die and nobody would know it because I
couldn't get up and get the phone," said Long, who suffers from
chronic asthma and systemic lupus. "I'm just glad that I was playing
those dumb cards last night and chatting."
Two women from different parts of the country heard Long's cry. Alice
McClanahan in Minneapolis and Jeanne Costello of Blumart, Va., are
"There was a message saying, 'Help. I need help,' " McClanahan
said. "She said, 'Someone call my daughter.' And I said 'What's your
daughter's phone number?' "
"I Would Have Died."
Though her messages were garbled, Long was eventually able to type
out her daughter's number after several attempts. McClanahan
frantically dialed Long's daughter, Jessica Breeden, who also lives
in Sarasota, only to get an answering machine. McClanahan left an
urgent message: "Jessica, my name is Alice. Your mother needs help
right now. Get to her. Call me!"
She left her number and about 15 minutes later, Breeden called her
back. McClanahan told her to get to her mother right away, and get
help, which Breeden did.
"If she hadn't taken any initiative, I would have died," Long said.
Meanwhile, Costello was e-mailing back and forth with Long to figure
out where the sick woman was located. Costello finally got enough
information to call emergency services in Sarasota.
Breeden and rescue workers found Long on the floor, conscious but
unable to move.
The last message Long wrote to her chat buddies was that she was
going to the hospital. It turned out that she had suffered a severe
"I love life and I love these ladies and I love my children and I
love my grandson," Long said.
Long's daughter said she can't thank her mother's Internet buddies
"I don't know how you repay someone like that except to pass it on to
the next person," she said.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5745 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 915 times:
I've actually tried this once, though I was on the helping side. I usually have my PC logged on IRC 24/7 (hooray for flatrate ), and one night I was surfing around a bit, when I heard the "pling" that indicated that I had been highlighted (ie. my username had been mentioned). It was a girl I've met a few times with some friends, who asked if I could log into another room, since some guy was pretty much psyched out, and was talking about how he was going to swallow a bunch of pills etc. etc.
After a while I decided that I'd better call the local police station, and have him either drop by or call his parents. At the first try, noone answered the phone, but the machine gave a number to the police officer on duty. So I called him, explained what had happened, agreed that it sounded a bit far out, but that I had no option but to call. Anyway, he agreed to call, and I hung up.
A few moments later, the psyched out guy started hurling around curses etc., since his parents had just walked in to check on him, and that they were going to put him in a home etc.
I still don't know if it was just a prank, but like I told the officer, I had no option but to respond.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 51 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 827 times:
I've called the police a few times and have helped a few other ladies get in touch with battered-women shelters while online. The police calls were because, like CPH-R, someone was talking about suicide and I would rather be safe than sorry since I'm not actually there to see the person (and I'm not a trained psychologist, either.)
PS I think I'd rather have the police come check on me if I was that sick, just to have someone to talk with... but I hope it never comes to that.