We have heard a lot of arguments about the involvement of technology in our daily lives, we always discuss is it okay or not? But when something like this happens, it sure gets all the praise for too much of involvement in our lives.
And how could you when life has just been saved. The life of an American man named Bob Burdett in particular. His son recently shared a message on Facebook that deserves everybody’s attention.
Bob Burdett was biking in Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington.
He was about to meet his son when he fell from his bicycle and hurt his head so badly that he fell unconscious for a while.He wasn’t able to take care of himself at the moment, but the technology has just saved his life. The Apple Watch that he had on his wrist noticed the fall and immediately contacted people on his emergency contact list, providing them the map to his exact location.
“Last Sunday while trying to meet up with my dad for some mountain biking in Riverside State Park (MTB in RSP), I get a text from dad’s Apple Watch letting me know it “detected a Hard Fall” with a map to his location. It was not far from our meeting spot. We drove straight there, but he was gone when we arrived. I get another update from the watch saying his location has changed with a map location of SHMC.”
“Dad flipped his bike at the bottom of Doomsday, hit his head and was knocked out until sometime during the ambulance ride.
The watch had called 911 with his location and EMS had him scooped up and to the hospital in under a 1/2 hr.The fire dept. took his bike back to the station. My brother was already driving by the hospital when the second update came in and was able to be with him right away.
“Dad is doing great, clear X-Rays and CT scan, but a little sore for sure! IF YOU OWN AN APPLE WATCH, set up your HARD FALL detection, it’s not just for when you fall off a roof or a ladder.
Had he fallen somewhere on the High Drive trails or another remote area, the location would have clued EMS in on where to find him.Amazing technology and so glad he had it!”
Bob’s son Gabe Burdett was included in emergency contacts that received the message sent by the smartwatch. He took to Facebook not only to praise the technology that saved his father but also to alert people and encourage them to set the emergency alarms for themselves as well.
The fall detection alert can be set only on Apple Watch Series 4 or later. If the hard fall is detected while being worn, the watch taps the wearer on the wrist and displays an alert. You can dismiss the alert by telling the watch ‘I’m OK’, otherwise it will call emergency services and send off the messages.
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