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A British surgeon has saved his long-lost friend`s life by diagnosing his burst appendix online.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

London: A British surgeon has saved his long-lost friend`s life by diagnosing his burst appendix online, thanks to popular social networking site `Facebook`, a media report said.

Rahul Velineni, 30, logged on mid-shift and saw posts from his former schoolmate telling friends that his stomach was in agony.

The medic did not have his phone number because they had lost touch -- so messaged him from Swansea Hospital: "Sounds bad, Call me asap. You may have appendicitis," `The Sun` reported.

Peter Ball, 30, read the alert next day in Cheshire. His appendix was removed in an emergency op in Macclesfield before it could kill him.

"We hadn`t seen each other for ages. I owe him a drink. The doctors said it was bad, and shouldn`t have been left for much longer," Ball was quoted as saying.
Rahul added: "It`s a funny way to get back in touch, that`s for sure."

PTI