A man in Saudi Arabia, paralyzed and in hospital from a car accident, recently tweeted for someone to please visit him. What happened next is a story that just warms your cold, dead heart.
Ibrahim was left bedridden after a collision on the road over half a year ago resulted in paralysis and the need for a surgery that he could not afford. Sadly he was also left alone as his family had stopped visiting him for months. And so Ibrahim turned to using the power of social media. He tweeted for someone to visit him at the King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh and within a day, it became the most retweeted message in the country's Twitter history. A user created the hashtag #VisitIbrahim and that was retweeted over 200,000 times. That’s not too surprising as Saudi Arabia is one of the 23 countries with more than 800,000 active Twitter users. Saudi has more than 32 % active Twitter users. According to the BBC, it’s so popular because Saudis can express themselves more freely than in person, unless the tweets question the royal family or Islam. But I digress. The most important thing out of this whole situation is that people came to visit Ibrahim in his hospital room. And even more important than that, a visitor brought pizza!!
In fact, so many people came to visit that the hospital had to put a temporary ban on the number of visitors. Hundreds of people across the kingdom came to visit and even donated money to pay for his much needed surgery. It is hoped that Ibrahim will be flying to Germany soon for the medical attention he needs. Congrats and good luck Ibrahim!
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