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Calgary mom’s missing phone with precious photos on it returned

Rachel Thomson is hoping someone will return her phone that has photos of her son Zachery, who she lost to cancer last year,.
Rachel Thomson is hoping someone will return her phone that has photos of her son Zachery, who she lost to cancer last year,. Global News

A Calgary mother’s phone containing precious photos of her late son has been returned to her.

Rachel Thomson was heartbroken after losing the phone earlier this week.

But, on Tuesday, she posted the good news: a man who saw the Global News story about her missing Samsung Galaxy contacted her by email.

She said they arranged to meet at her workplace in Saddleridge and he returned it.

On her Facebook page Thomson wrote: “I am so grateful for everything everyone’s done to help it be returned.”

Thomson was shopping at Calgary Co-Op on 16 Avenue and 5 Street N.E. Sunday afternoon when she says she inadvertently dropped her cellphone.

Losing a phone would be frustrating to most people, but it was especially devastating to the young mother, who recently lost her two-and-a-half year-old son Zachery to cancer.

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“All of my memories of my baby are on there. Videos and photos… they’re all saved on my SD card on my phone. My computer crashed a few weeks ago everything was backed up on my phone.”

According to Thomson’s Jan. 15 Facebook post, the pictures on the phone are all she has left of her time with Zachery.

“I don’t have him anymore.. I just have my memories.”

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Thomson explained she has some photos printed, but said she did not think to back things up beyond her phone and her computer.

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She said she tried to track her phone and got as far as 33 Street N.E. before it disappeared.

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“If they have it, just have a heart and turn it in.”

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Thomson’s post quickly spread and Global Calgary’s Facebook inbox was flooded with messages asking for help.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the post had been shared over 725 times.

Thomson told Global News Zachery was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in January 2016 and died six months later.

“He was the most amazing little boy. He was so happy. He was fantastic. Even through his treatment, he always had a smile on his face.”