The Apple Watch is a device that has a lot of different parts and functions, and one of the prime examples of that is its focus on health.
Apple is not shy about the focus on health when it comes to its products lately, including the Apple Watch. The Cupertino-based company managed to show off hearing a baby’s heartbeat, while still in the mother’s womb, thanks to the wearable during its last media event. There’s a lot of room for the wearable to grow, too, even as its basic tracking information has the ability to save a life.
And that’s exactly what happened with 17-year old Paul Houle, who is a senior at Tabor Academy in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He’s a football player for the school, and one day after practice he was complaining of pains in his back and chest, along with an accelerated heart rate. The pains only got worse when he took deep breaths.
Houle says that if it weren’t for the Apple Watch, which told him that his heart rate was 145, even after taking a nap, he would never have gone to the hospital to get himself checked out. The doctors informed him that he had heart, kidney and liver failure, which could have been fatal had he not made the visit:
“After practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145.” He went to the hospital, where he learned he had heart, liver and kidney failure, which could have been fatal if not for his watch.”
Houle’s diagnosis came to be rhabdomyolysis, which is the result of proteins and enzymes leaking into the blood stream from muscle cells, something that can occur after intense exercise. As a result of the Watch’s impact on Houle Jr.’s life, his father has since converted the entire family over to the wearable, buying one for himself and his wife.
After the news spread, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, called Houle and went on to offer him not only a brand new iPhone, but also a summer internship in Cupertino.