Stumbling Upon The Miracle
One of the reasons why I enjoy debunking Internet hoaxes is that once in a while, I stumble upon an inspirational story, like the rainbow at the end of a storm, the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I found that recently when I investigated this “Like for Prayer” scam that’s going around Facebook. Behold, the miracle of baby Dominic Pio Gundrum!
Will My Likes Help This Baby?
Before we get to the actual story, let’s just kill this stupid “Like for Prayer” bullshit and get it out of the way. Let me just tell you to STOP believing in such nonsense. Do NOT click Like, do NOT click Share, do NOT type “Amen” or “Hallelujah” or whatever you think may help this baby prayerfully…
First of all, the poster above does not even tell you what the baby is suffering from or even who the baby is. So who should you direct your prayers to?
Dear God, I pray for this poor baby in this Facebook picture with the large vertical scar and both eyes closed. Please convert my 1 Like = 1 Prayer for him, as you promised to.
Secondly, such requests to Like for a Prayer is insulting to whichever God you pray to. It insinuates that your God actually needs you to vote on which child He should save. Is that not insulting?
Don’t be gullible. Liking a photo on Facebook isn’t going to send a prayer out. Neither does your God care about how many Likes a photo on Facebook receives. All you are doing is let unscrupulous people “farm” your Facebook Likes and Shares and/or email addresses for profit.
Introducing Dominic Pio Gundrum
The picture that those scammers misappropriated was of tough little trooper called Dominic Pio Gundrum.
Born to Mark and Mary Gundrum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 18th of June 2012, Dominic Pio had not one but two rare craniofacial conditions – an encephalocoele and a Tessier facial cleft. In addition, he was found to have underdeveloped optic nerves and missing his corpus callosum and pituitary gland.
Five months after he was born, the plastic surgeon-in chief, Dr. John Meara and his neurosurgeon colleague, Dr. Mark Proctor of the Boston Children’s Hospital performed a 7-hour operation to remove the encephalocoele, repair the Tessier cleft and close the skull while bringing his facial features together. Here is a picture of Dominic before that first surgery :