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18-Month-Old Old Google Earth Image Of Her Mom Consoles Grieving Daughter

Modern technology is the stuff of miracles. Computers can now beat the best humans at chess, GO, poker, etc., we can now edit our own genes to eliminate diseases or choose physical traits for our children.

However, technology is, of course, a two-edged sword that can cut he who wields it as easily as it can his enemies. Just ask all of those who have died as a result of exposure to radiation at Chernobyl or Three Mile Island or Fukushima nuclear power plants, or the parents of the bubble boy who died in an early gene therapy experiment.

Google Earth is a perfect example of a recent technological advance that is tremendously useful (and valuable to Google), but also raises some serious privacy and security concerns relating to “surveillance” by satellite or local camera-equipped vehicles.

The value of Google Earth goes beyond mere navigation, however. As described below, Google Earth’s capturing of a moment in time 18 months ago made a huge difference in the life of one UK woman. In this case, a grieving daughter was stunned when she saw an image of her mom on Google Street View 18 months after she died.

The daughter is named Denise Underhill, and she has recently moved to Florida from Tamworth, Staffordshire (a town 130 miles north of London). She noted in an interview with the media that she felt a sudden urge to take a look at her old home in the UK, so she went to Google Maps and looked up her old place. The still grieving woman was totally shocked when she saw her mother watering the garden outside her old home just like she had every day for decades.

Underhill explained to the interviewer, “As I went about my housework, I somehow instantaneously had the impulse to call my mother but realizing that it was completely out of the question, I decided to Google Earth my mother’s home to see how it looked, considering since she had passed away in 2015 and the property had been sold.”

The surprised daughter went on to say that she did a double take when she saw that her mother had been captured in the Street View image of their home.

Underhill commented on what she saw: “At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did.” Her voice then choked up a bit when she went on to say: “I think someone wanted me to see this.”

In the Google Street View image, taken on Chaytor Road in Polesworth, you can see Underhill’s mom (Beryl Turton) wearing a hat watering the front garden while holding a blue watering can.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Google Maps, SWNS

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