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African web users plead for Ebola serum

In this edition: African web users plead for Ebola serum; Reddit helps grieving father remember his son ; and a piano playing dog.

AFRICAN WEB USERS PLEAD FOR EBOLA SERUM

With the Ebola virus spreading dangerously across West Africa, claiming over 1,000 victims so far, African web users have taken to social networks to reach out to the international community for help. They want the serum that was used to treat two American doctors who had contracted the virus in Liberia to be sent over as soon as possible, an experimental treatment that helped stabilize the two volunteers.

African web users have been posting under the "GiveUsTheSerum" hashtag in their droves, saying they too have the right to receive treatment, the same treatment as westerners. The president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also made an official request, which has since been approved by the US Food and Drug administration. They have authorized the Mapp Bio laboratory to export to West Africa despite the small supplies currently available.

And while the Ebola outbreak is a massive source of concern on social networks, some have shared some jokes about the prevention awareness campaigns, which urge people to avoid physical contact. The people who posted these messages have invented the “Ebola greeting”, which consists of maintaining great distance when saying hello, and avoiding any contact with the skin to stop the spread of the virus.

REDDIT HELPS GRIEVING FATHER REMEMBER HIS SON

"My son passed away a few years ago after two short weeks in the hospital and I have no pictures of him without all of the tubes. I saw a father make this same post and was amazed by the response. If anyone can remove the tubes from this photo, I would be extremely grateful." This moving message was posted to community based platform Reddit on August 6th, and there has been an overwhelming response, with countless web users stepping up to help the grieving father. 

Dozens of reworked images and drawings of the baby have been published on Reddit. Mostly using image editing software to remove all the tubes that were keeping the little one alive. The dad feels enormously touched by this wave of solidarity and has posted another message to the platform, extending his heartfelt thanks to everyone who contacted him.

This story brings to mind Nathan Steffel, another Reddit user who made the same request last month for his daughter who had died a few weeks earlier. His appeal has also received a massive response with hundreds of web users editing photos of his baby girl, so he could remember her without the hospital tubes. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Australian web users have been posting under the "Other things the poor don`t do” hashtag sharing their outrage over comments made by the country`s Finance Minister Joe Hockey who has said that his proposed increase in fuel tax won`t affect those on a lower income because generally speaking they do not have cars. His remarks have sparked something of a backlash; with some saying poor people do have cars, they just don`t have luxury cars, like Joe Hockey.

FAIL OF THE DAY

Selfies can be dangerous, even fatal … which is what one Polish couple on vacation in Cap de Roca near to the city of Sintra in Portugal found out the hard way. As reported by Portuguese news site R7, they were posing for a pic on the edge of a cliff. They apparently lost their balance and fell to their deaths over 80 meters below. It is reminiscent of a similar selfie fatality back in July when a young Mexican accidently shot himself in the head while posing for a Facebook pic …

KIM KARDASHIAN TO RELEASE SELFIE PHOTO BOOK

Kim Kardashian fans will be happy, the American reality TV star has announced she will soon be releasing a book of her best selfies. The 352 page book, entitled “Selfish” is due to hit stores from April 2015. And it comes as no great surprise as her Instagram page will testify; the 33 year old is something of a selfie devotee.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This dog is no ordinary Rottweiler ! and as we can see in this video currently doing the rounds online, likes to play piano with its master, Canadian musician Dani Rosenoer. They make for an interesting duo to say the least, you can check out this cute clip on the artists YouTube channel...
 

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