Just call it the iSavedYourLife.
A Massachusetts high school student recently purchased an Apple Watch as an impulse buy, but he had no idea how useful that device was about to become. Paul Houle, 17, had just wrapped another session of football practice when he started to feel pain throughout his body.
“I knew something was kind of up with my body but I thought I might just be sore after a hard practice,” he says in the video, above.
Not thinking much of it, Houle continued playing. But his condition quickly grew worse.
“Then I started to notice some back and chest pain, and I checked my Apple Watch — the heart rate monitor — and it said that my resting heart rate was 145.”
His average resting heart rate, according to the watch, was about 60. Houle quickly knew something was wrong and contacted his coach.
“He saw the Apple Watch and said ‘that thing must be broken.'”
Just to be on the safe side, they decided to send Houle to hospital, where doctors discovered he had rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo for short. It’s a condition that can occur during intense exercise and, if left untreated, can lead to kidney failure and even death.
Houle believes without the watch, he would’ve been a goner.
“So I had it for a couple of days, went to school and then it saved my life,” he said.
But the story doesn’t end there. Word of the Apple Watch’s lifesaving story got all the way to the desk of the company’s CEO, Tim Cook. Houle says Cook offered him an internship with Apple, which he says he’s “extremely excited” about.
Not bad for a watch, huh?