Twitter users save infant’s life after eating poisonous berry

By CODY MCEACHERN

Feb. 3, 2016

Dave Cormier walked down a wooded trail with his partner Bonnie, and their two kids six years ago when he noticed his five-year-old daughter Posey bent down by a bush.

She was chewing on berries.

He grabbed the remaining berries from her hand and turned to his wife.

“Holy crap. What are these?”

She shrugged, unsure.

He pulled out his phone, took a picture of the berries and called poison control.

He asked if he could send them a picture to get the berries identified, but they couldn’t help.

Desperate, he decided to post the photo on twitter.

“Are these poisonous berries? Posey just ate one. Little help tweets?” read the tweet.

Then he picked up Posey and started running for his car.

As he got to his car, his phone rang. Someone had replied to his tweet.

“What you got there is a Baneberry, and it is very poisonous.”

He jumped into his car and sped off to the hospital.

Posey treated at the hospital and released the same day

Without social media, Posey’s situation could have been a lot worse, said Cormier. The berry she ate can cause cardiac arrest and death.

“Reaching out to Twitter gave me access to 6,000 people who followed me, who scrambled around to find out what it was.”

On the way to the hospital, the people who had contacted him on Twitter contacted the hospital about the situation, said Cormier.

“By the time we got there, the people we had been talking to online had sent the diagnosis to the hospital. Random people I didn’t know had got that information and sent it out.”

But not everyone agrees social media is good.

John Mellish, a used car salesman recently received a lot of Criticism on social media over a joke placed on his company’s sign.

It read, “Women are like snow flakes. They can’t drive.”

People found the joke misogynistic, and made their feelings clear in the comments of Facebook posts about the sign.

Mellish blames social media for the backlash.

There is a huge problem with people abusing social media, allowing them to say and do things to people without a physical altercation, said Mellish.

“Today, a kid going into high school on day one, if he doesn’t quite fit in, they can ruin him in one day. They’d think nothing about doing it, and he doesn’t know.

“Social media has become a tool used for hate by people hiding behind a computer screen.”

But Cormier still stands by the good social media can do. He has tracked down the two Twitter users who helped him six years ago to share a beer and thank them.

As for Posey, she is fine.

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