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Apple Watch saved my life, writes 76-year old man in a letter to Tim Cook

Gaston D’Aquino sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking Apple to promote the use of Apple Watch for anyone with cardiac problems after his experience.

  • Published: May 14, 2018 1:41 PM IST
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Smart watches such as the Apple Watch and fitness bands may look like accessories to monitor health without any real-world consequence. These wearables may also act as another screen to monitor your smartphone without the need of picking up the device. However, every now and then, there comes a case where these devices save someone’s life. According to a recent report by South China Morning Post (SCMP), an Apple Watch was responsible for saving the life of a 76-year old man. Gaston D’Aquino, the 76-year old in question added that it was April 1 and he was sitting in church when his Apple Watch warned him about his elevated heart rate.

D’Aquino added that he had read about such cases and keeping them in mind, he skipped the Easter lunch to go to a hospital. He told the doctors that he didn’t know what he was doing and he was not feeling anything. The doctors ran an Electrocardiogram (EKG) to be on the safe side. The doctors asked D’Aquino to refer to a cardiologist after seeing the results. It turns out that two of his three main coronary arteries were completely blocked with the third one being about 90 percent blocked.

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He admitted that before the test or even the alarm in the church, he wasn’t aware that anything was wrong with his heart. After the diagnosis, he underwent a ball angioplasty for unblocking the arteries and is now out of any danger. He has not taken the watch off adding “I haven’t taken it off. That’s one of the things that’s good about the watch – it’s on you. It’s monitoring you all the time.”

After the experience where the Apple Watch saved his life, D’Aquino sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook stating “Thank you, Apple Watch saved my life” while recounting his story. He concluded the letter asking Apple to promote the use of Apple Watch for anyone with cardiac problems. Tim Cook replied to D’Aquino adding, “Gaston, I’m so glad you sought medical attention and you’re fine now. I appreciate you taking the time to share your story. It inspires us to keep pushing. Best, Tim.”

  • Published Date: May 14, 2018 1:41 PM IST