Toe-Typed Message Leads to Woman's Rescue

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A Georgia woman who was tied up during a home invasion was freed after she sent a message for help using her feet, according to local police. 

Thoughts of the famed television hero "MacGyver" saved Amy Windom when a gun-toting robber broke into her home on August 3.

The intruder tied the 39-year-old AT&T consultant to her bedpost, but thankfully did not bind her feet. The oversight caused Windom's despair to give way to desperate creativity.

Realizing that her laptop computer was within a toe's reach, Windom convinced the robber to leave it behind. Then, with her hands tied, she toe-typed an instant message to her boyfriend John Hilton for help. 

"I used my right toe as a mouse on the touch pad. I pulled over the power cord and put that in my left toes and used the end of the power cord as a tool to hit the keys," Windom told CBS Atlanta News. "I started instant messaging him and told him I was tied to the bed and had been robbed and asked him to call 9-1-1."

Hilton was impressed with his girlfriend's fancy footwork.

"She's creative, she's a fighter, she used what's she's got," Hilton said.

Although the robber fled the scene with Windom's car, cell phone, and other electronics, she said she's just grateful to be alive.

"I don't have the world's prettiest feet, but I think I'll keep them - pretty handy," she said.

Police have since recovered Windom's car.

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