- New York resident William Monzidelis’ life was saved in part thanks to a notification from his smartwatch.
- William Monzidelis, a 32-year-old resident from Westchester, New York, says his life was saved in part thanks to the Apple Watch he was wearing that day.
- According to NBC New York, Monzidelis was working at his family-run bowling alley when he started bleeding. When his Apple Watch notified him that his heart rate was reaching alarming levels, he had his mother drive him to the hospital.
- Doctors say the Apple Watch may have saved Monzidelis’ life since he was healthy prior to the incident, and may have ignored his symptoms as something less serious.
Another report of the Apple Watch saving the life of its wearer, this time a man from New York who suffered from an erupted ulcer.
The identity of the Apple Watch is being carved out as a health-focused device, and stories of the smartwatch making a difference should prove that Apple is on the right track.
Apple Watch Saves New Yorker From Erupted Ulcer
According to a report from NBC New York, New York resident William Monzidelis, 32 years old, was working at the bowling alley that was their family business in early April when he suddenly started feeling dizzy. He went to the bathroom, where he discovered that he was bleeding. The Apple Watch that he was wearing at the time then told him to seek medical attention.
Nancy, William’s mother, told him that he “looked like a ghost” when he emerged from the bathroom. He took the Apple Watch alert seriously, along with his symptoms, and asked his mother to drive him to the hospital.
“I was seizing in the car and bleeding all over the place, from my mouth, my rectum,” Monzidelis said, recounting his harrowing experience.
During the half-an-hour drive to the hospital in which he was coming in and out of consciousness, Monzidelis ended up losing nearly 80 percent of his blood.
In the drive to the hospital, which lasted half an hour, William was drifting in and out of consciousness. Once they arrived at the hospital, William had lost 80 percent of his blood, and was discovered to have suffered from an erupted ulcer. He lost so much blood that he needed a transfusion before he could undergo surgery.
Doctors reportedly told Monzidelis that had he not received the notification from his Apple Watch, “he would not have survived his medical emergency.”
Doctors believe that if he hadn’t received his smart watch’s notification when he did, he would have not survived his medical emergency because he wouldn’t have paid attention to his symptoms, especially since he was a healthy individual up to that point.
There was a possibility that he ignored the symptoms because he was previously healthy, which would have placed him in danger of death due to blood loss.
“I would have been working in my office and they would have found me dead,” William said.
Apple Watch Saving Lives
The story on William’s survival from his ordeal comes just a day after a report that the Apple Watch heart rate monitor saved the life of a teenager.
Deanna Recktenwald, 18 years old from Tampa Bay, Florida, was suddenly alerted by her Apple Watch that her resting heart rate was at an alarming 190 beats per minute. Like with William, the device recommended Deanna to seek medical attention, which resulted in the diagnosis that she was suffering from chronic kidney disease. The discovered condition was hidden for years, prompting Deanna’s mother to thank Apple CEO Tim Cook through a heartfelt letter.
A similar incident happened about three years ago, when 17-year-old Paul Houle Jr. was alerted by his Apple Watch that his heart rate was abnormally high. The warning allowed Paul Jr. to seek medical attention that possibly saved his life.
This story comes just a day after a Florida teen said Apple Watch saved her life after a heart rate alert led her to uncovering a kidney failure, which received the attention of Apple CEO Tim Cook.