A 26-year-old girl from Southend On Sea is in intensive care at Southend Hospital after suffering what doctors have described as an ‘unexpressed Facebook thought.’
Friends and family of mum-of-three Danielle Spooch have said that the next 24 hours are critical, but they have also admitted that they are ‘prepared for the worst.’
Shortly before 10pm on Friday evening, paramedics were called to her home on Fairfax Drive after a neighbour spotted her laying unconscious next to the communal bin area of her flats, and another neighbour confirmed that she had run out of phone credit a few hours before.
Her mother Grahama added: ‘I thought that something was wrong when I saw her a couple of hours before and she told me that she was upset with her ex-boyfriend for not dropping their kids home on time. She was visibly upset and she hadn’t mentioned it at all on Facebook as her phone apparently wasn’t working.’
‘It appears that as the evening went on, these sentiments of anger kept circulating in her head, and without any sort of social media-based outlet for her uncontrollable rage she was forced to deal with them internally 2006-style. The doctors think that this has given her a brain haemorrhage or something like that.’
‘I am going to lobby our local MP to help get ‘Danielle’s Fund’ set up as a charity for South Essex mums who are desperately low on phone credit. How many more girls are going to be put in a life threatening situation where they are forced to enter long periods of thought without emojis?’
Stephanie Misandrea is the page admin for ‘Southend Mums Suport’ on Facebook, and she contacted our Chief Reporter with an offer of help to anyone local who is in a life-threatening situation caused by a lack of mobile Internet access.
She said: ‘All it takes is a text message that we can then screenshot and then post with the tag line ‘asking for a member.’
‘We can even add that we don’t want any negative or nasty comments as people have to respect this request by law. As page admin I have the authority to remove anyone being horrible, or even anyone who has an opinion that is different to my own.’
Dr Colin Leek is a leading neurologist at Southend University Hospital, and told us that admissions for what is known in medicine as Enforced Sentiment Processing sans Facebook have increased by 40% per year since 2006.
He said: ‘I am currently lobbying the NHS for emergency funding to deal with this epidemic. In one case, we found that giving someone a 20-year-old TV remote control was enough to allow them to pretend that they were telling the social media community about their youngest daughter doing a poo that looked ‘a bit weird.’