The Incredible Way This Lost Child Was Reunited With His Mom After the Las Vegas Shooting

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In recent years, we've seen countless people utilize social media for amazing things during disastrous situations. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas was no exception, and on Sunday evening -- both during and after the attack -- people all over Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites came together to help reunite families, check in on those potentially missing, and send support. Amazingly, it was also through social media that one brave 5-year-old boy was able to be reunited with his mom during the chaos.


Like many of the other 22,000 people, 5-year-old Aden Huser was enjoying Jason Aldean's performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with his family on Sunday evening before mass panic erupted at the sound of gunshots. When the shooting started, his mom and sister were in the bathroom and the young boy was waiting with his aunt. But as the crowd began to scramble, he was quickly separated from her.

For two grueling hours, Aden was lost without his family. Luckily, thanks to the help of other festival-goers and the reach of social media, they didn't have to spend the entire night searching for each other.

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In the midst of the tragedy, 26-year-old Lindsey Rogers found Aden alone in a merchandise tent. Hoping to get the little boy to safety as soon as possible, the woman made the decision to take him with her. "I was nervous to take him because I knew that his mom would be devastated to find that her child was gone," Lindsey told ABC News. "But in the moment we thought that the best decision was to get as many people as safe as possible. The shots were so sporadic and it wasn't stopping so we took a chance."

From the tent, Lindsey picked Aden up and carried him outside of the festival, through the parking lot, and into a nearby Motel 6. She made attempts to locate Aden's family by contacting the police, who, in turn, told them their best bet was to take Aden to a hospital.

In the meantime, Aden's mom Doris Huser, his sister, and his aunt had all safely escaped to a Hooters restaurant. Doris told ABC News she felt completely "hopeless and helpless" during that time but was resigned to stay strong for her daughter.

While Lindsey and her friends scrambled to find a ride so they could get Aden to a medical center, Taylor Sutton and her off-duty police officer boyfriend Chris Cunningham snapped a photo of the little boy and posted it on social media along with his location and a request that people share the image.

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Their social media posts garnered hundreds of shares on Facebook and over 12,000 retweets on Twitter. While they were en route to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, someone reached out with a phone number.

"I'm not even sure how it happened. I just know all of a sudden we had a phone number, and we called it and it was his grandpa," Taylor told ABC News

Aden's grandfather arranged to meet the group at the hospital and contacted Aden's mom, letting her know her son was safe and about to be picked up.

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When Doris was finally reunited with her son the next morning, the family felt a huge sense of relief. "His whole face lit up. I dropped to my knees. I don't think we've ever held each other that hard and that tight," Doris said. "We were one for a minute and he just didn't want to let go."

It most likely won't be until years from now that Aden is old enough to understand exactly what happened, but he did have one important question for his mom about the ordeal on their way home: "Next time, can we all go to the bathroom together?"

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