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This woman texted a wrong number – and something amazing happened

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Emily Reynolds
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When this woman texted the wrong number, little did she know the eventual impact it would have on one family’s life

Texting or calling the wrong number, as many of us know, is annoyingly easy. But, nine times out of 10, a reply from a wrong number starts and ends with a “sorry, who is this?”, with nothing more coming from it.

But this week, student Sydney got far more than she bargained for when she mistakenly texted a picture of herself to father-of-six Tony instead of a friend. 

It all started when Sydney’s friend Mandi tweeted the exchange. 

“Syd accidentally sent pics of her dress to the wrong number and this was their response,” she wrote in a tweet, accompanied by a picture of Sydney in the dress and a response from a contact labelled “No Idea”. 

“I believe this message was intended for someone else,” the recipient of the mystery number responded. “My wife isn’t home, so I couldn’t get her opinion, but the kids and I think you look stunning in the dress! You should definitely go with that one!”

It didn’t take long for the tweet to go viral, racking up nearly 175,000 retweets and 700,000 favourites at the time of writing – so it was no surprise when Tony himself responded to the tweet.  

“Apparently you have made my children Twitter famous!” he wrote. “My 2nd youngest (not pictured, he was at chemo clinic) has a FB page for his fight against leukaemia and one of our Prayer Warriors recognised the children! Btw, my wife agreed that the dress looked great! God Bless!”

So far, so sweet. But what happened next was even more surprising – another Twitter user shared the family’s GoFundMe page, which they had been using to raise funds for their son, Kaizel, who has leukaemia. 

“Kaizler is a handsome four-year-old boy with ringlets bouncing in every direction,” the page reads. “He is the second youngest of six brothers and sisters. He loves playing with cars and monster trucks. He is a HUGE fan of Mickey Mouse and loves riding extra fast on quads.

“He has a smile that lights up the room and is one of the most loving children you will ever meet. While he can be pretty bashful when you first meet him, he quickly turns into a chatterbox.” 

The family’s GoFundMe was set up over two years ago – but it’s only since Mandi’s tweet went viral that its goal was reached and, as of writing, the page has now raised $14,380 of its $10,000 goal. 

If only all wrong number stories were as heartwarming as this. 

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