Inventor ... Darren's daughter Milly
disappeared from a shop for 35 agonising minutes
Dr Darren Fern from Cornwall, whose daughter Milly was eventually found,
will be meeting the parents of Madeleine McCann next week in the hope
they will back the innovation.
The Lost-Kidz app works by letting parents send an alert to other
registered users in the area with a photo and information about their
Mr Fern, an orthopaedic surgeon from Truro developed the tool to help
other parents after experiencing feelings of helplessness when Milly
disappeared while he was buying a newspaper.
“The feeling of terror and sheer helplessness as I tried to cover the
many horrific scenarios rushing through my mind at the time was truly
“I didn’t know whether to run to the car park entrance and stop every
car leaving, or run up and down the aisles yelling for help.
Milly was eventually found 35 minutes later coming out of the men’s
“She had gone to use the toilet blissfully unaware of the drama and
Darren said he had already spoken with Kate and Gerry McCann about the
app, which was developed with the help of his brothers and computer
He said: “They told me how getting information out quickly, especially
images of Maddie, may have helped people find her when she first went
Lost-Kidz will be launched in the Apple store on May 25 to coincide with
International Missing Persons Day and will cost just 69p per year.
To find out more go to Lost-Kidz.com