A paralyzed man in a hospital tweeted that no one had visited him in months. Strangers started arriving in droves.
Theocratic Wahhabist Kingdom + 21st Century Social Media = Kindness, apparently. (via)
For the past year and a half, a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian man named Ibrahim has been confined to his bed in the King Khaled Hospital in the capital city of Riyadh, after a traffic accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. His only hope would be to pursue prohibitively expensive stem-cell therapy in Germany. As if that were not enough to contend with, he was doing it virtually alone. Although his sister still came by on Fridays, the rest of family had completely ceased to visit him, leaving him depressed and lonely.
The device Ibrahim's friend made him, allowing him to Tweet.
So, Ibrahim did what anyone who has private frustrations with their family should do: he joined Twitter and told the whole world about them. Unlike most whiners on Twitter, Ibrahim's sincere plea for visitors brought droves of Saudis to his bed, and even sparked a royally-supported fundraiser for his stem-cell treatment. He has so many visitors that the hospital has had to start turning people away because they were crowding the hall.
— ماجد الحميدان (@Majed_080) May 11, 2014
Thanks for the PAPER, guys.