Saturday, August 18, 2012

Facebook saves lives, too.

Originally posted 07/15/2011 on lubbockonline.com

Deborah Copaken Kogan is a successful photographer, author and mother. On MSNBC yesterday she recounted how Facebook saved her son's life. Last Mother's Day her 4 year old son woke up with a rash. Over the next three days there was trip to the doctor and steadily worsening symptoms. Also during the three days she put photos of her sick son on Facebook. While the doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong some of her Facebook friends, including 2 pediatricians, urged her to go to the hospital and get him checked for Kawasaki disease.

Long story short, her son did have Kawasaki disease. Her family pediatrician had begun to suspect it, but Facebook beat him to the punch. There are a lot of problems with social media, but there are pluses, too. One of those pluses is the almost instant access to the combined experience of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people. As Deborah Copaken Kogan learned, that experience can be very powerful.

Note: There is a children's author with a similar name, Deborah Kogan Ray.