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Donating Money For The Shark Attack Kid?  
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

Hey,

Earlier today, my local news station was talking about sending donations to the family of the little boy who is still fighting for his life from a shark attack. Well, I went ahead and sent a check for $150 dollars to help. I know it's not that much, but every little bit helps. At a time like this, that family should not have to worry, and I hope my donation helps them.

Have any of you considered/have donating money to them?

Poor little kid,  Sad



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User currently offlineRyRy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 991 times:

Oh please, i am so sick and tired of hearing of this boy. about a hundred other people get attacked by sharks every year, and i dont see what this kid should get all the attention. Call me uncompassionate, or whatever, but I dont see why this faimly should get any special attention, maybe bad things happen to innocent people everday, and we dont hear about 99.999999% of them. I have heard it on the local news for the past week, the first time was enough, but the 10th time i heard it, its getting redundant. Though I do compliment you on giving the money for him. Though I would rather you have spent the money localy to help.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Where may I send my check to???
Every kid like him needs a chance to live a normal life.



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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 977 times:

Ryry, only seven or so people are killed annually worldwide. This kid is suffering the most out of a lot of shark attacks. He is either dying a slow painful death or a slow painfull healing. I doubt shark attacks where people lived are this bad. This kid had be going through excrusiating (sp?) surgery non-stop almost. Most shark attacks are either minor or fatal. In this case, most people would've died quickly, but this kid may be either suffering a slow death, or a slow recovery.

If this was you, I'm sure you would feel different.


User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 970 times:

Boeing747-400,
I want to thank you for your donation. I think that was extremely kind of you and it will help. I live in the town he is from, and it is sad. It is unbelieveable how supportive the town is. We have placed yellow ribbons around town, and continue to pray for him.
I hope the best for him, and we hope he comes home soon!

Co LITE
Mississppi


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 962 times:

I have a son about his age and the story broke my heart. I can't imagine what he and the family are going through. God Bless them all.

JS



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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 963 times:

CO LITE,

You're most certainly welcome. I hope he makes it, but I doubt it will be a full recovery.  Sad


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 957 times:

Why are people sending money to the shark attack kid? Is it because of the medical costs involved?

The only time we have these sort of things is where a small child needs some revolutionary treatment or surgical proceedure that has not been learned or perfected enough in this country (rare instances). Hospitals are free here and if you need emergency surgery you get it done ASAP.

It must be very sad for the parents.

mb


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 954 times:

The thoughts and prayers of my family are with him and his family. We wish him a quick recovery with as little pain as possible.

Chris



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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Yes Mx5_boy, that is the reason, the medical bills are out of this world, there's no way the family could afford them.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 954 times:

There is too much attention on one story. How many kids suffer horrendous injury in carcrashes? Why are they never mentioned? Why are there no TV shows collecting funds for their treatment?
And why confine it only to kids? Do adults not suffer injuries they cannot afford to have taken care of?

This kid was badly hurt, and I hope he gets better. But he is not the only one, and 99.999999% of such cases never get mentioned at all or at best receive a single column item on an inner page of the local paper which maybe 100 people read. This kid was on television all over the world... There are many sharkattacks, often resulting in serious injury. Yet none of those get more than local attention.
Why was there a cameracrew nearby? Sounds almost like someone staged it to get a Pullitzer...



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User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 947 times:

I would much rather donate money to protect sharks than to help save some kid. Way more sharks are killed on a yearly basis then people killed by them. I think they should make commercial fishing for sharks illegal. Cought sharks have their fins cut off as soon they are pulled aboard and are thrown back into the ocean still fully alive to bleed to death. I'd love to do the same to one of the people doing this.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Just my view but if you go for a swim when you know there are sharks in the water then its tough luck if you get attacked. That is the sharks home, not ours. Was this attack not at night, one of the worst times as thats when they feed !!

User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Good point, we should respect their domain. Thats is where they rule and we are the intruders.

User currently offlineUA767-223 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 939 times:

Anybody know how I can send a donation to the uncle who wrestled the shark with his bare hands? It's gonna cost a lot of $ to taxidermy that sucka!

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 927 times:

UA767, LOL!

Jwenting, you bring up an interesting topic that goes way beyond this incident. I think this is a common theme around the world. When children are injured or killed in incidents that are unusual or horrifying, it brings out more acute attention and sympathy. Children getting attacked by animals is a common one, or kids getting stuck in wells, on towers, in ravines and so on. I think with this story, the element of a heroic effort that saved the childen added to its publicity. I don't think you can blame the public. These are just reported that way. This can do harm and mislead the public and even creep into political policy. Look at the school shooting in America. They are publicized to the point were parents are frightened to send their kids to school, yet more kids are killed in playground accidents than shot at school. More kids are killed in grocery stores from falling inventory than at school. School is still the SAFEST place a child could be, yet the press has people seeing otherwise. School shooting, while tragic, are incredibly rare, but nothing is said about the epidemic of children drowning in little blow-up pools. Another good example is airplane crashes. When a plane goes down with 120 people on it, it gets unbelievable press and I suspect it is a good reason why some people are scared to fly. People think planes are death-traps because of the horror that is portrayed when reporting a crash. They ignore the fact that that many people are killed on American highways within a short span of time CONSTANTLY! So I guess the point is that the press seems to 'glorify' (or 'horrify') tragedies based more on HOW the victims are hurt or killed. Does anyone disagree?



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User currently onlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11500 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 921 times:

Does this family not have medical insurance? If so, why is everyone paying for their medical bills when insurance covers it?


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User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 914 times:

I know the kid's brother. I go to school with him. To all of you who donated... Thank you very much.
It is a tragedy and we have posted yellow ribbons (As COLite has said) around town. I hope for the best of him. Thanks to all who support him and donate to him.


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 911 times:

I lot of times, donations go toward the family because of all the missed worked; not necessarily the medical bills. Family lose a out of income at times like this.


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User currently offlineGyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 906 times:

What about the shark that was pulled out of his element and executed!!! Hey, if my 8 year old asks me if he can take a swim in the Atlantic ocean at dark, I say Hell no buddy!!! And yes, you better make sure these donations go straight to the kid and not someone's pocket!!! BTW: Why wouldn't his medical insurane cover this?

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Was this at dark? Who said that? I thought swimming in the ocean after dark is a good way to get sucked out to sea. Are you guys sure he was swimming at night? Me thinks the story got twisted somewhere along the line. Hmmmm


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User currently onlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11500 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 894 times:

"[A] lot of times, donations go toward the family because of all the missed worked; "

Fair enough. I'm just worried that when the media gets hold of a story, it gets too much air-time, and the victims are now the recipients of windfalls. I'm not saying this is the case here, because I honestly don't know. But, I do know that some of the recent cases of multiple births (6 and 7 at a time), the parents have been given much much more than any of us would get. Like, how the family had an extension built on the house for free, and these kids already have their college paid for. I had to pay for, and am still paying for my own.



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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 892 times:

D L X, I do agree with your point. I would hope that any extra cash would be donated back to maybe the Children's Ward or another victim. I heard a story of the parents of a leukemia patient buying a Lexus with donated money. They were exposed and got what they deserved. Disgusting!!!!!!!!


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User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 879 times:

the newspaper reported that he was swimming around 8:30 at night. I wish the boy a quick recovery. I agree with CYKA that they should ban shark fishing (at least in the Pacific) where Japanese fisherman cut their fins off for shark-fin soup and then toss them back into the sea.

User currently onlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11500 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 874 times:

How about being more relevant:

No fishing at swim beaches! That activity attracts sharks!



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25 Airlinelover : Agreed on that, D L X, Fishing DOES attract more sharks to the area, just as a dead animal in the woods attracts moe predators. Obviously some fish ca
27 KROC : WTF. Whenever I am sick, or whatever, nobodys sends me any freakin money. What a bunch of crap. I think its a shame what happened to the kid, but I wo
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