Apple Watch triggers chain-reaction rescue after woman’s seizure


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Fall detection could be a lifesaver for some Apple Watch wearers.
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Apple Watch’s fall detection feature came the rescue of a Sydney, Australia woman who fell unconscious after suffering a seizure.

Kate Donald has epilepsy and was home alone, but her Apple Watch Series 4 sent out emergency text messages to first responders and her husband, according to news reports.

Even as Ben Donald was en route to reach his wife, he continued to receive updated messages notifying him of her location as she was on her way to the hospital, News Corp Australia reported today.

Apple Watch Series 4 has become a global hero for some adopters thanks to its health-monitoring features. The watch’s ECG feature has alerted several wearers to potentially life-threatening heart ailments.

Fall detection is a new feature with Apple Watch Series 4 and it also garnered life-saving headlines.

The watch vibrates on the wrist and sounds an alarm after a fall. Emergency responders are called if the watch detects the wearer has been immobile for more than one minutes. After that, messages go out to emergency contacts.

The Donalds decided on the watch after a difficult pregnancy.

“We thought the watch could be useful for epilepsy and falling down,” Kate Donald told News Corp Australia reporter Stephanie Bedo. “When I was pregnant… I was in the hospital and falling a lot. My head was literally covered in bruises.

“We were like, ‘What can we do?’ Do we get a panic alarm like old people have, but you need to be conscious to press the button and I’m not.”

She was treated at her local hospital and returned home after a four-day stay.

Source: News Corp Australia


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