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7 times social networking saved lives

By: WomansDay .com on Nov. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m.
Cormier family

Photo: Courtesy of Bonnie Stewart and Dave Cormier

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Twitter: Toddler ingests unknown berry

Dave Cormier and Bonnie Stewart were on a hike with their young daughter in New Brunswick, Canada, and saw her eat some berries they didn't recognize. When they couldn’t identify the berry using the Internet, they posted a photo of the berry on Twitter after Poison Control informed them they would not be able to view the digital photo themselves. Thanks to a response via Twitter, they were able to identify the berry (which didn’t end up being fatal when ingested) and were better able to inform hospital staff when they arrived via ambulance.