Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Facebook rescue in paralysis crisis

Peter Casaru used Facebook to call for help after he was unable to get to the phone

A father who woke up paralysed due to a crippling spine condition says he has Facebook to thank after he appealed to his friends to rescue him.

Peter Casaru, 59, posted on Facebook that he was unable to move his legs and could not call for an ambulance from his remote cottage in Brecon, south Wales, because the battery in his mobile phone was dead.

It took him over an hour to crawl to his laptop where he managed to post a message alerting his contacts to the emergency.

The father-of-one, who lives alone, wrote: "Can someone call 999, Ambulance for me, I need one now. I have fractued my back. dtuck ob floor. no phone abd glasses, toucvh typing.. please help me." (sic)

Friends as far away as New York and Vancouver replied when they saw his updates and tried to call for help.

But it was his friend Juliet McFarlane, who lives six miles away, who was first to call 999 and two ambulances arrived at his house just 20 minutes later.

Mr Casaru, a photographer, said his doctors told him the spinal spasm he suffered could have killed him if he had not received emergency treatment. He has had spinal problems since breaking his back in a quad-bike accident six years ago.

He said: "That's the luck part of the whole story: that Facebook friends saved me."

Mr Casaru thanked all the friends who left messages and tried to help, adding: "I'm always joking when I go on Facebook so I'm just glad they took me seriously."

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