Two Strangers on Humboldt’s Social Media Guided Medical to a Man Begging for Help This Morning
Last night, a man began reaching out on Humboldt County Social media pleading for help. Just before 1 a.m., he posted on 707 Humboldt Classifieds, a closed group, “Need ride to hospital please.” He even tagged this reporter who was asleep.
He posted several different pleas for help but seemed disoriented and unable to clearly articulate where he was and what was wrong. Multiple people reached out to him but two local women in particular were able to get him assistance. Marlies Robinson, who says she was in the medical field for 35 years, was able to persuade him to respond to her by private message and gently get an understanding of where he was located–a Eureka motel. Jennifer Lyn Mausa, also communicating with Robinson by private message, was able to contact law enforcement and let them know where the man was located.
“I got on messenger and just kept reaching out to him,” Robinson told us this morning. “He then started responding…I kept him engaged until…he was located…I said, let them take care of you and he was okay once I told him it was okay.”
Many people posted helpful suggestions on social media and waited for a report on when and if help would reach the man.
“He would not write anyone but Marlies…he trusted her,” Jennifer Mausa, who also says she was in the medical field, explained in the comment section.
But others watched through the night and shared their support. Here’s one small exchange:
A Eureka Police officer was able, with Mausa’s and Robinson’s help, to reach the man. According to a report the officer gave over the scanner, the man was having trouble breathing possibly due to anxiety. The man requested an ambulance and was taken to the hospital.
Because of privacy issues we don’t know how the distressed man is doing today. We’ve reached out to him via social media. If we hear back, we’ll update.
Marlies Robinson said this morning, “I pray he is okay now …
But, we’re touched by how many cared. And our hearts are especially warmed this holiday season by the amount of time and effort Jennifer Lyn Mausa and Marlies Robinson gave to helping a confused and frightened stranger across the wide span of the internet.
Humboldt Area Foundation, we’re tagging you because this sounds like the generosity you are looking for in the stories you are gathering for your #100ActsofGiving .