A St. Petersburg, Florida woman woman is crediting her Apple Watch for saving her life after it called 9-1-1 after she fell, and doctors discovered she had treatable lung cancer.
Wendi Lane for WFTS:
The 71-year-old grandmother [Raylene Hackenwerth] had fallen, hard. The watch detected the fall and called 9-1-1 on its own. Joshua Stevens was one of the paramedics who responded, and he said a distress call from a watch is pretty unique.
“It sends the geolocation, the latitude and longitude, so I would say it’s a pretty useful feature,” said Stevens.
Raylene was nearly unconscious and very banged up. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered a mass in her lungs that was cancerous.
“If it hadn’t been for the falling and the Apple Watch calling them, I wouldn’t even know this was there and maybe by the time it had got found in the future, it would be too late,” said Raylene.
Now she is waiting to undergo treatment and said she and her son are both grateful for a feature they didn’t even know the watch had.
“I couldn’t be happier that that is what we decided to give her for Christmas this year. It never occurred to me that it would save her life,” said Jason.