Apple Watch saves Florida teen’s life

“A Tampa Bay teenager is thankful for the device on her wrist after suffering a scary medical episode at The Crossing Church in Brandon [Florida],” Ryan Smith reports for WFTS. “‘I didn’t know what was going on at all and it was just out of the blue,’ said Deanna Recktenwald.”

“A warning appeared notifying the 18-year-old that her resting heart rate hit 190 beats per minute,” Smith reports. “‘It was alarming that the watch was telling us to seek medical attention,’ said Stacey Recktenwald, Deanna’s mother. ‘I didn’t even know that it had the capability of giving us that alert.'”

“Stacey Recktenwald is a registered nurse and did not initially question the accuracy of the watch’s reading. Staff at a walk-in clinic confirmed the teen’s rapid heartbeat. ‘I was surprised, it was right on,’ said Stacey,” Smith reports. “The Recktenwald’s all agree that the watch saved Deanna’s life. After rushing her to the emergency room, doctors at Tampa General Hospital soon discovered Deanna suffers from chronic kidney disease.”

“‘Instantly started to pray and thank God for her having that watch,’ said Tom Recktenwald, Deanna’s father,” Smith reports. “Stacey Recktenwald recently wrote Apple to thank the tech giant for its life-saving feature. CEO Tim Cook responded by thanking the Lithia family for sharing their story.”

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  1. A device that saves lives, way to go Apple, nice to see an entity from its home nation that is still on humanity’s side. Tim Cook’s Apple watch may prove to be quite the device over the long run, certainly a lot better than the google glasses.

  2. Deanna’s father should be thankful to attending physicians for treating daughter’s condition, and Apple engineers for building device capable of detecting dangerous condition and sounding alarm. God? I don’t think so.

    1. I decided at a young age that organized religion held no interest for me. The rules and restrictions were clearly created by men to control others and amass wealth and power. The notion that we will get ours now and the unwashed masses will get theirs later was ridiculous and repugnant to me.

      It also became apparent to me that religion was the source of a great deal of violence and war in the world over the ages. It is another arrow in the quiver of the ‘label and disparage’ crowd – dehumanizing someone by calling them a heathen or an infidel in order to make murder acceptable, even somehow virtuous.

      While there are some who preach and live by the core, peaceful tenants of their faiths with open hearts and generous souls, the corrupt of nature strive to corrupt all organizations and twist them to their own ends in the endless quest for power and money. The growing gospel of prosperity is a prime example. That is my rather cynica perspective on organized religion, and I have no doubt that it will raise the ire of many, even though, deep down, they have to admit that my viewpoint has some merits.

      But I differentiate between spirituality and religion. Spirituality, to me, is a personal relationship between a being and creation. I can walk outside on a cool spring morning and appreciate the dew on the grass and the songs of the birds and the warmth of the slanting sunlight on my skin and feel at peace. I do not need to pretend to understand or influence a higher being, nor beg for boons, nor plead for succor. I do not need a story to explain creation or provide me with a higher purpose or assuage my fears or questions regarding death. I do not fear death, nor do I spend much time considering why may lie beyond. Introspection is useful at times, but I figure that I will learn more about death when it inevitably finds me.

      I respect those who live by the tenants of peace, brotherhood, cooperation, empathy, and forgiveness that form the core of most religions. I believe that those qualities represent the best in humanity and, when we truly embrace them and shed our baser nature, we will truly begin to grow and thrive. We will no longer waste resources on war and violence, instead seeking to support and elevate each other.

      I do not ridicule those who ascribe to a peaceful faith and strive to live according to the core tenants of that faith, as long as those tenants include open-mindedness and tolerance of others who hold differing beliefs. I grew up in a modestly religious household at a time when prayer still existed in school, and I have no particular objections to including a short daily period for silent prayer or introspection as long as everyone respects each other. The extremes in this struggle do not, in my opinion, represent the moderate majority of this country. Most of us are content to live and let live as long as others lend us the same courtesy.

      So, piratzafryki, I strongly disagree with the content and tone of your post. Who are you to tell anyone else whom they should be thankful or in what manner it should be expressed. That is between the person and the involved parties, and your peanut gallery opinion is irrelevant and rather puerile, to be honest.

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