HS Football Player Says His Apple Watch Saved His Life
Oh Apple watch, is there anything you can't do?
Apple Watch may be a sales flop by most standards, but don't say that to Paul Houle, 17, a senior nose tackle for Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. Houle says that his Apple watch not only saved his life, but it got him a job.
He had just finished practice when, he said, he began feeling pain in his back and chest. He checked his heart rate on his new Apple watch, and it was "about 145 for about two hours after the practice had ended,” he told WBZ-TV. He contacted the trainer and after another test, was rushed to the hospital.
He was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, in which his heart, liver and kidneys were beginning to shut down due to dehydration.
“I’m grateful to Apple. I’m grateful to the school because the trainers and the nurses, everybody really just jumped on it,” Paul’s dad, Dr. Paul Houle, told WBZ.
And what makes this story even more fascinating – he got a surprise phone call from Apple CEO Tim Cook. And his heart rate went up again. Cook offered Houle the new iPhone and an internship next summer at Apple.
“Drink lots of water and also listen to your body and seek help if something is wrong,” Houle said.
“I’m just happy to be alive.”
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