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'He Needs Your Prayers Badly' Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Facebook message featuring an image of a baby with a very serious skin condition claims that you can offer prayers for the baby's recovery just by liking, sharing or commenting on his picture.

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Brief Analysis
The message is a vile hoax created by a disgusting like-whore. The baby died back in September 2010. The picture was stolen from another source and reused without permission.  The message is just one more in a long series of similar sick baby hoaxes. Those who create these hoaxes do so only to amass large numbers of likes and shares, thereby promoting their Facebook pages or websites. Do not cater to the twisted desires of these morally bankrupt like-whores by liking, sharing or commenting on their material.

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Please Don't Ignore! He needs your prayers
May God heal him
Type "Amen" if u have heart
1 Like = 1 Pray
1 Share = 2 Prays
This will b ignored only by those.. Who doesn't
have a heart..

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which features an image of a baby with a very serious skin condition, you can offer prayers to aid the baby's recovery just by liking, sharing or commenting on his picture. Supposedly, one Facebook like equates to one prayer, while one share equals two prayers. And, typing "amen" as a comment also supposedly helps. The message claims that the baby needs prayers badly and begs users not to ignore the request. It suggests that only users who "doesn't have a heart" will ignore the message.

Unfortunately, the message is just one more in a series of disgraceful hoaxes that use images of sick, injured, or starving children as a means of collecting large numbers of likes and shares.  The people who create these hoaxes are not remotely interested in helping the pictured children. Their sole intention is to exploit the goodwill of those wishing to help by tricking them into liking, sharing and commenting. The goal of these like-whores is simply to promote their Facebook Pages and associated websites.

Sadly, the baby pictured in this variant of the hoax died back in September 2010.  Baby Sam was born with Harlequin Ichthyosis, an extremely serious and life-threatening skin condition. Sam battled the condition for 37 days before passing away on September 1, 2010.

The disgraceful like-whore responsible for this hoax stole Sam's image from the website of a charitable organization set up in his honour. The Samuel Hardgrave Harlequin Ichthyosis Research Trust (SHHIRT) is a UK registered charity dedicated to researching Harlequin Ichthyosis, and helping those affected by it.

Liking or sharing the hoax will do nothing whatsoever to help Sam and dishonours his memory. Instead of liking and sharing the hoax, users could actually do something worthwhile by visiting SHHIRT to learn more about the condition and perhaps making a donation.

Many of these sick baby hoaxes make the nonsensical claim that a company such as Facebook will give money each time the child's image is liked or shared.

Others, like this version, claim that likes and shares somehow equate to prayers. This claim is utterly absurd. Are we to believe that the person who created the message somehow did a deal with God Himself, whereby users can just click a button rather than actually praying? And that he even managed to negotiate a two-for-one deal with the Almighty by which a single share is equivalent to two prayers?

If you believe that praying for somebody will help him or her, then by all means pray. But, treat as highly suspect any suggestion that liking, sharing or commenting on a picture somehow corresponds to prayers.

Liking and sharing these hoaxes is irresponsible and will help nobody.

The vile, sewer-dwelling swine who create these hoaxes have no place in any decent online community and are beneath contempt. Please do not help them in their nefarious schemes by participating.

If one of these hoaxes comes your way, please report it to Facebook. Please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure by putting the offending photo on to the news feeds of your Facebook friends. 

You can also help by making sure that your Facebook friends are aware of such hoaxes and do not perpetrate the problem by liking and sharing them.

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Last updated: September 27, 2013
First published: September 27, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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