Seventeen-year-old Paul Houle is lucky to be alive thanks to his Apple Watch.
The high school student from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, knew something was wrong when his Apple Watch said his resting heart beat was 145 beats per minutes.
Houle first felt his chest and back pain during football practice but did not think much of it. His Apple Watch, which measures a wearer’s resting heart beat every few minutes, told him his was abnormally high.
He became concerned when it stayed that way when he got home after practice. Houle told WCVB Boston how thankful he was for his Apple Watch:
“After practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145.
“If my Apple Watch hadn’t shown me it was 145, I would have done nothing about it.”
At the emergency room, doctors diagnosed him with rhabdomyolysis, a condition triggered by extreme exercise that causes muscle cells to release toxic enzymes and proteins. The results include heart, liver, kidney failure, and death for severe cases.
Apple Ceo Tim Cook was so enthused by the story that he gave the 17-year-old a call. Houle was offered a new iPhone as well as a highly coveted internship at Apple headquarters next summer, according to CBS San Francisco.
“I got a call from a California number, and he said, ‘Hello, my name is Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.’”
Houle’s father told reporters that he used to think the cost of an Apple Watch wasn’t worth it. After this incident, he went to the store and bought two more for him and his wife.
Apple products are the new superheroes of the modern-day era. A few months ago, Siri helped rescue a teen trapped underneath his 5,000-pound truck.