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Monday 20 November 2017

Teen says Apple Watch saved his life

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Emma Clark

The Apple Watch came to the rescue of one teen. After recording a heart rate of 145, he went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis.

The Apple Watch may have saved the life of a teen in Massachusetts.

Paul Houle said that he experienced chest and back pain following football practice. He checked his heart rate, which the Apple Watch said was 145, two hours after practice. This prompted him to go to the hospital.

It’s just as well that he did. Houle was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis. This is a condition triggered by exercise that can cause muscles to deteriorate and leak enzymes and protein into the bloodstream. In severe cases, it can lead to kidney failure and even death.

Speaking to CBS San Francisco, Houle said, “I was so dehydrated that my muscles started to actually break down and release a protein that is sort of toxic into my blood stream which caused my heart, my liver and my kidneys all to shut down.”

Thankfully the story has a happy ending. Not only was Houle seen to, but he received a call from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Houle has been offered an internship at Apple next summer along with a new iPhone.

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