Facebook Saving Lives: 4-Year Old Diagnosed From Fatal Disease

Top of social networking sites is of course Facebook but we ask ourselves, for how much longer? Of course there’s rival Twitter which has now celebrated some 200 million followers with an approximate 600,000 new sign-ups a day and the newest addition that of Google+. As many of you who currently use Facebook will be aware, it can be used to stay in touch with your nearest and dearest, upload and share at times those embarrassing pictures, join events and so on. Today its being used for a completely different purpose.

Mum of 4-year old Leo Kogan has claimed that Facebook has saved her son’s life. How, you’re asking? Deborah Copaken Kogan its been reported from the dailymail.co.uk, has given her praises to the networking site after her son was diagnosed with the Kawasaki disease, which if it wasn’t picked up, could have had dire consequences.

With what was to be an enjoyable Mother’s Day for Deborah Kogan, ended up with sheer panic when her son Leo fell ill with a fever, puffy face and was covered with a rash. After visiting her GP, Leo was prescribed a course of antibiotics which didn’t work.

It was then that little Leo was diagnosed with Scarlet Fever but the story doesn’t end here. His condition worsened and Deborah started to post photos onto Facebook with a brief posting which read, “Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day quite like a Sunday morning at the paediatrician’s.”

As well as people leaving get well messages for the family, 3 of her Facebook friends got in touch all convinced Leo was suffering from the fatal Kawasaki disease, this it turns out was the case. He was admitted to hospital. Deborah has said, “Those Facebook messages were a catalyst. The fact that these friends on Facebook took a risk and said, “Sorry for butting in, but I think this could be Kawasaki disease, was a miracle. One of the most astounding things about Facebook was that people that I barely knew were saying, “I hope your kid is OK.”

In the past here at OSM we’ve spoken about the good that Facebook can bring to people’s lives with of course the bad. Examples of the good have included one person looking for a new kidney donor and was successful, couples getting married thanks to the site, various health campaigns and so on.

Give us your thoughts on Leo’s story? Have you been helped by Facebook in any way or has it had a negative impact on your life?