Another life is saved by the Apple Watch
So on July 12th, Schneider and his dad visited the hospital ER. He paid a visit to the bathroom in the facility and right away he didn’t feel so well. “I remember washing my hands and thinking to myself, is something going to happen,” Schneider said. “I don’t remember falling to the ground, or hitting my head, or anything of the events that followed.” But after just a couple of minutes in the bathroom, the fitness buff passed out.
The fall detection feature on the Apple Watch
Just seconds after hitting the deck, Schneider’s Apple Watch was able to alert his father that something had gone terribly wrong. “My Apple Watch detected a hard fall, and I did not respond to the like haptic message that requires a response (in) 45 seconds. I was actually more in the right place at the right time for this kind of situation to occur,” he said. After receiving the alert from his son’s Apple Watch, Schneider’s dad had corralled hospital staff and directed them to his son’s side.
Schneider says that he is expected to recover fully. For that prognosis, he credits the hospital, his active lifestyle, and of course, his Apple Watch. He states, “Those who have an Apple watch, may be able to set up their emergency contacts, which I don’t know what sparked the idea in me sometime before this incident occurred to make sure I had that setup, but I want to encourage people to do that.”
Fall detection is automatically enabled on the Apple Watch for those age 55 or older
From this point, you can choose to contact emergency services, or dismiss the alert by tapping on the I’m Okay button, the Close button in the upper left of the screen, or by pressing the Digital Crown. If the timepiece doesn’t feel you moving for about a minute following the fall, it will call emergency services right away.