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August 01, 2011

Woman's Suicidal Tweets Result in Her Rescue

By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor

As we watch all the latest developments in social media begin to infiltrate our private lives, some are exposing themselves in the most tragic of ways. Recently, a woman in the South African town of Durban tweeted that she intended to end her life with messages that read:

"Please don’t save me, I just didn’t want to die alone."

"Asking God almighty to forgive my final sin, love my angels, forgive my humanity, take my pain away."

Alarmed followers of hers on Twitter (News - Alert) began an instant search for the woman identified only as Gina, who began tweeting said suicidal remarks on Friday, July 29.

A mother of two, Gina was actually located after users contacted the police, Netcare 911, and other users drove around her town of Durban attempting to prevent her injuring herself.

Her father told a local South African newspaper, "Gina is safe at home, and while she is very upset, we are going to try and get her the help she needs. She has been through some difficult things lately, having lost her job and custody of her two children through divorce, as well as battling depression for a long time."

Her Twitter followers were able to retweet her cellphone number and home address details in an effort to trace her, an effort which thankfully proved successful in rescuing her from herself.

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Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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