A patient suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia has finally began to show signs of remission this week, after an unexpected batch of Facebook 'likes' was delivered to her bedside at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital cancer unit.
Anna Marshall, who was told in January that she had 'a matter of months to live', received over 105,000 'likes' in just seven days, after a Facebook campaign entitled 'How many lykes for this? 100,000 lykes = 1 cure', with a photo of Anna looking extremely ill and sad, went viral.
The ambitious target, set by an anonymous Facebook user who had read of Anna's struggle in the Bournemouth Echo, was reached in 'no time', as thousands of people took a moment out of their day to hit the 'like button', thus moving the gravely ill patient one 'like' closer to a complete cure.
'I hadn't expected such a reaction', said Anna, who immediately began to see a reduction in abnormal white blood cells that had accumulated in her bone marrow the moment the 'like count' breached the 100k mark.
'The doctors had entered me into a clinical trial for a drug designed to trigger the immune system to fight the disease at about the same time my silent saviour created the Facebook page. If I'd have known that a Facebook cure was imminent, I wouldn't have wasted my time with that ridiculous trial', she added.