The Apple Watch is believed to have saved several lives by calling emergency services when they didn’t have access to their phones, alerting first responders in time so they could get medical help. Wearables have also helped many users detect certain abnormalities in their health with the help of sensors that monitor parameters such as ECG and heart rate levels. A new report credits the Apple Watch with saving the life of a 12-year-old US girl with cancer who was able to seek treatment in time.

According to a report of the Detroit Hour, 12-year-old Imani Miles’ Apple Watch kept emitting alerts that her mother, Jessica Kitchen, discovered were due to an abnormally high heart rate. Miles was taken to hospital for an appendectomy. During the surgery, doctors also discovered a neuroendocrine tumor on her appendix, according to the report, a condition not commonly seen in children.

The child’s mother told the publication that she probably would have taken her child to the doctor in a few days since she was not notified by the watch. “If she didn’t have that watch, it could have been a lot worse,” Kitchen said. The report did not specify which Apple Watch model the child was using.

While the tumor was removed by doctors, the cancer had already spread to other parts of the 12-year-old girl’s body, meaning she had to undergo further surgery. According to the report, Miles’ surgery at CS Mott Children’s Hospital was successful and she is recovering at home.

Back in 2020, the Apple Watch alerted a 25-year-old, letting him know that his resting heart rate was an abnormally high 210 beats per minute. This allowed him to see a doctor who informed him that he needed an atrial ablation to correct the atrial flutter.

In March 2021, Apple said the company’s wearable devices alerted former athlete Bob March, 58, to his heart arrhythmia, allowing him to immediately schedule a doctor’s appointment. A visit to the doctor confirmed the irregularities, and a simple ablation procedure helped March prevent potential accidents in the future. March received an Apple Watch from his wife Lori on their 17th wedding anniversary.


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