The Apple Watch is credited with saving the life of a doctor who fell off the side of his house during a power wash. Tell his story to NBC ChicagoDr. Thomas Ficho not only credits the Apple Watch Series 5 for saving his life, but he also explains why he tells all of his patients that they should wear an Apple Watch…
Dr. Ficho wore his Apple Watch Series 5 while washing bricks on the side of his house. To reach higher, he decided to use the window cover as a step. But once he stepped on it, the lid slipped off and he “dived five feet into the basement exit shaft” and passed out.
After the fall, the Apple Watch’s fall detection function triggered and called emergency services on Dr. Ficho’s behalf.
After three to five minutes, Ficho said he was able to get out of the pit himself. When he did, there was a Glenview policeman standing on his lawn. The officer asked him if he was okay or if he needed a paramedic. Ficho said “no” but asked the officer how he knew the internist needed help. The officer pointed to Ficho’s watch.
“I was really surprised,” Ficho said. “I didn’t immediately understand that my watch was going to do that. »
Fall detection first came to the Apple Watch with Series 4. It’s able to detect when you’re falling and ask if you’re okay. If it finds you unresponsive for a minute, it will automatically call emergency services and share your current location. The feature is disabled by default for users under 65, but here’s how to enable it manually.
Dr. Ficho’s advice to everyone
In his practice, Dr. Ficho says most of his patients are older, and many of them are over 60. For this reason, he says he tells them all that they need an Apple Watch on your wrist as often as possible.
“The majority of my patients are adults and many of them are over 60 years old. And I told each of them that they needed one of these watches. I don’t even work in Apple infrastructure, I work in PC infrastructure. I’m not an Apple freak. It was an amazing event for me. It was so amazing what happened.
He recounted a situation where the Apple Watch could have helped save the life of one of his patients:
He remembers a patient who got out of the shower, fell in her bathroom, broke her hip and couldn’t get up. His body was found three days later.
“All she needed was a watch,” Ficho said, wishing the technology existed back then.
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