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My Apple Watch called an ambulance after I lost consciousness

A MAN was saved when his Apple Watch alerted paramedics after he lost consciousness.

Joe Plumb told paramedics that the device called them after he suffered a potentially fatal episode of hypoglycemia, causing him to collapse.

Apple Watch's advanced medical tracking feature saved a man's life after he collapsed from low blood sugar

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Apple Watch’s advanced medical tracking feature saved a man’s life after he collapsed from low blood sugarCredit: Alamy

Joe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9 and says he will be forever grateful for the Apple Watch that saved his life in November 2021.

He remembered that day as a typical lazy Sunday in his house when the next thing he knew, there was a medical team around him.

Joe said his condition has been exhausting and this is not the first time he has collapsed from a bout of hypoglycemia, which can leave him feeling shaky, confused and very tired.

He said he had had several episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis in the past, which is a life-threatening condition that can lead to coma and eventually organ failure.

But, if it weren’t for the advanced medical monitoring of the Apple Watch, he might have died: “I’d very easily go into a coma, or worse.

“I never thought I’d have to use it – but I thought it couldn’t hurt, right?”

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Talking to Metro.co.ukJoe said he bought the watch to help treat his complicated medical conditions as he lived alone and wanted extra protection.

The watch has built-in drop detection, which can sound an alarm and alert emergency services and designated emergency contacts if you don’t respond.

Joe says his blood sugar is usually well controlled and he often recognizes the signs of a hypo before a crash, meaning he’s never needed to rely on the clock before.

He said: “When I got to the ring, I saw paramedics surrounding me, inserting a glucose dropper into my vein.”

“I saw my dad watching with a worried look on his face. Fortunately, he arrived in time with the key to let everyone in so my door didn’t have to be broken.”

“The paramedics were impressed when they discovered that it was my Apple Watch that alerted them – and mentioned that if more people have these devices (especially those who live alone) then it could save more lives.”

While Joe said that while some people may be concerned about the security of his personal data, for him the risk to his life is greater than the hypothetical concern.

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Joe Plumb

He said: “For me, I was never really worried about this because there was so much information about me online.

“I’d say saving your life is a top priority and this information is only shared with those who really need it.

“I’d rather do that and save my life, than have no information out there and put myself at greater risk.”

According to Diabetes.co.uk, more than four million people in the UK are living with diabetes, as Joe thinks more people should use wearable technology to help them in the worst case scenario.

Joe added: “It is extremely important for people with diabetes to manage their condition carefully and for those who are more vulnerable to protect themselves from any kind of diabetes. any medical crisis.

“The peace of mind this one device has given me and my family is priceless.”

“Now, I can live with less anxiety – I’m determined not to let it rule my life.

“Wearable technology has saved my life – and can save yours, especially when you least expect it.”

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8246703/apple-watch-called-ambulance-saved-my-life/ My Apple Watch called an ambulance after I lost consciousness

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