An Apple Watch feature has been credited with saving two lives in two days. Apple provides a standard feature on the Apple Watch that is capable of detecting elevated heart rates. A substantial elevation in the heart rate is a physiological response sometimes related to life-threatening ailments. When such an elevation is detected, the wearer is advised to seek medical attention. Heeding these warnings has resulted in prompt medical attention that has saved the lives of multiple people.
The most recent case of an Apple Watch becoming a savior is the case of 32-year-old William Monzidelis. Monzidelis, who lives in New York, was at work at his family’s bowling alley Bowerland when he started feeling dizzy. An alert from his Apple Watch warned him that his heart rate was at an alarming level and recommended he seek medical attention. Shortly after, he started bleeding from his mouth and rectum.
Monzidelis’ mother, Nancy, rushed him to the hospital. His mother described him as looking like “a ghost” and said he was “bleeding all over the place.” Once he arrived at the hospital, medical personnel concluded that Monzidelis was suffering from an erupted ulcer and had lost 80 percent of his blood.
Doctors on the scene credited the Apple Watch with saving Monzidelis’ life by prompting him to receive medical treatment in time. He was a healthy individual up to that point. Because of the blood loss, he had to receive an emergency blood transfusion before being rushed into surgery.
The day before, the Apple Watch feature was credited with saving an 18-year old Florida woman. Deanna Recktenwald, an 18-year-old teenager from Tampa Bay, received the wearable device as a Christmas gift. It suddenly warned her that her resting heart rate had hit 190 beats per minute while she was at church and recommended that she immediately seek medical attention.
Stacey Recktenwald, Deanna’s mother and a registered nurse, took Deanna to a walk-in clinic that sent her to the hospital. There, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease which had her kidneys functioning at only 20 percent. She will need a kidney transplant in the future.
The Apple Watch has a long history of alerting users to potentially deadly health predicaments. An incident similar to Deanna’s case was reported in September 2015. In that case, the Apple Watch heart rate monitor alerted upcoming senior football player Paul Houle Jr. to a possible kidney problem.
The Apple Watch also has communications tools that have been responsible for saving lives. In 2017, a woman used its Emergency SOS feature to contact first responders after a drunk driver hit her car.