Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bedside Twitter

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bedside Twitter

Article excerpt

SINCE its inception, Twitter has proved an unparalleled medium for transmitting the cruel side of human nature. But a remarkable series of tweets from the bedside of a dying woman has also revealed its capacity to convey poignancy and love.

For the past fortnight, Scott Simon, a broadcaster on the National Public Radio network in the United States, has been staging a Twitter vigil for his terminally ill mother, who is being treated in a Chicago hospital. Mr Simon, an award-winning broadcaster based in Washington, began tweeting when his mother had emergency surgery on July 16.

More than 1.2million people are following his updates, which reflect on their relationship while also chronicling her pain and revealing humorous anecdotes about his plight at her side.

On Monday, Mr Simon tweeted that his vigil may soon come to an end. "Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke," he wrote. …

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