Outline Viral message asks recipients to pray for the recovery of a 22 month old who accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer.
Details about the accident described in this message remain unverified. However, some references suggest that the accident took place in Champaign, Illinois in late July 2010 and involved a baby named Hayden. Later reports indicate that Hayden had fully recovered from his injuries. Thus, even if the accident did take place as described, this prayer request is now outdated and redundant and its further circulation is pointless. The message has mutated as it travels and there are now a number of versions of the message that list different names for the mother of the injured child.
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Posting for a FB friend of a friend: 22 month old son shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer, it went in his heart, he is in critical condition not doing good, neither is mom~ please start a prayer chain. Please copy and repost and pray for them. Thank you!
Reposting for a friend...Kayala Scott's 22 month old son accidentally shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer. It went into his heart. He is now in critical condition and not doing well. Neither is his mom. Please, start a prayer chain for this baby!! Please copy and .........repost...you would want someone to do this...... for you!
Passing along this prayer request... Please pray for Cheryl Dewitts' 22 month old son, he shot himself in the chest with a brad nailer. It went in his heart, he is in critical condition and not doing well, neither is his mom, please start a prayer chain. Please copy and repost... Please pray... what if it was your child?
A message that asks for prayers for a severely injured baby who shot himself with a nail gun is currently circulating via Facebook, online forums and other social networking websites. The message first began circulating in early August, 2010. According to the message, the 22 month old boy accidentally shot himself in the heart with a brad nailer and is currently in a critical condition. The message asks recipients to "start a prayer chain" by reposting the plea to others.
The message contains no information about where or when the accident took place. Moreover, there are now several versions of the message circulating, all of which state different names for the child's mother. All of the following names have been used in various versions of the prayer request:
Kay Hutson Bedenbaugh
Deedee Parsons Simpson
At least some of these names are likely to be the names of people that have done nothing more than reposted the message and have no direct connection to the child. It is not uncommon for such mistakes to occur when message are rapidly and widely circulated around cyberspace. And, in fact, some earlier versions of the message do not list any name at all.
Whatever the cause, the use of several different names has created a lot of confusion and has led many recipients to believe that the message is a hoax. So far, I have not been able to conclusively verify if the accident described in these messages actually occurred. That said, a person claiming to be the father of the injured baby has posted details about the accident on the PRAY-ers forum. According to these posts, the baby's name is Hayden and the accident occurred on 29th July. The posts note that Hayden is recovering well and was treated at the Carle Clinic and Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Illinois. And another post published on the BabyCenter Community forum also describes Hayden's accident and includes a photograph of the heavily bandaged child. A later post on the same site reiterates that the accident really did take place as described and was not a hoax as suggested by some commentators. The August 18 post also notes that the baby had by that time recovered from his injuries and had returned home to his family.
While some have suggested that a small child could not have managed to shoot himself with a nail gun, it should be noted that such accidents are not unprecedented. A 2004 medical journal report describes a case in which a three your old child shot himself with his father's nail gun.
In any case, this prayer request is now outdated and redundant and its further circulation is utterly pointless. If, as seems likely, the information in the original message was factual, then follow up reports about the incident suggest that Hayden has already recovered. Thus, there is no longer any reason to circulate this "urgent" prayer request. And, of course, if the original message was false, then, again, there is no valid reason whatsoever to repost the message.