Tweet helps prevent woman's suicide threat

4:07 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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STAFFORD, Va. (WUSA9) -- People from all over the world came together last night on Twitter to help stop a Canadian woman from committing suicide.  One of them lives in Northern Virginia.

Christopher Wiggins was surfing the web Sunday night when he saw a tweet from a woman 2,000 miles away in Calgary, Canada.  

It read: "I'm gonna attempt suicide tonight. Bye everyone."

"I happen to sympathize with people with depression because I've struggled with that kind of feeling myself.  There's nothing I can do that would make the situation worse other than to ignore it," said Wiggins.

Christopher says he had his doubts that this was real. But he did some digging into the woman's profile and found even more disturbing tweets.  

"I couldn't live with myself had I not reached out," he said.  

So Christopher Wiggins says he stayed up all night trying to talk the woman down online. Once he got her phone number, he called the Calgary Police department to report it.  It turns out, several other people who saw the same Twitter post had done the exact same thing.  

Police in Calgary told me they were contacted by people from all over North America. They won't get into specifics about this case. But they confirmed to me that they've checked on the woman and that she is alive and healthy.  

"In this case, Twitter saved someone's life period. Twitter allowed the police, the public and the media to work together and confirm...someone in need," said Wiggins. 

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