September 16, 2017

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091617)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: She wanted to be euthanized – but changed her mind after meeting Pope Francis

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Bogota:

Sep 12, 2017 / 03:09 pm

Consuelo del Socorro Córdoba is a Colombian woman who had made up her mind to be euthanized because of the serious illnesses caused by an acid attack she suffered in 2001.

But after meeting Pope Francis on Sept. 9 during his trip to the Colombia, she gave up her intention to end her life.

The woman, who suffers from toxoplasmosis – a very serious infection that affects the brain – has undergone 87 surgeries. Speaking to CNN en Español she told how she met Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nuntiature in Bogota.

“I was the first in line and the first one he greeted was me. He gave me a hug,” she said. “I’m happy, I told him I was going to get euthanized, to help me, and he told me no, that I was not going to do that. He told me I was very brave and very pretty.”

Since the attack this woman has undergone 87 operations, but there are still six more to go since she cannot consume solid food.

This encounter with Pope Francis, she said “completely changed” her. “Now I do want to live and I need the whole world to know.”

“Thanks be to God this miracle could take place, that I could be here,” the woman shared, who still needs several thousand dollars for her treatment.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Positivity — Hurricane Harvey: 5 ways social media saved lives in Texas

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Go here for the full article:

August 28, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Here are five ways social media and other platforms became a lifeline to Harvey-flooded areas in Texas:

  • People posted their addresses on Twitter
  • Volunteers join efforts through Facebook
  • Instagram heroes step up to offer shelter, other resources
  • People crowdsourced requests on an online map
  • People turned their homes into shelters through Airbnb