Apple Watch saves another life

“Plenty of people would argue they can’t live without their smartwatch, but for Adam Love it actually saved his life,” Sophie Walsh reports for 9NEWS. “The 24-year-old told 9NEWS he knew something was up when he started getting notifications from the health app on his Apple Watch which monitors your heart rate. ‘My sleeping heart rate was averaging about 130-140 beats per minute. So that was while I was resting about six hours at night,’ Mr Love said.”

“A healthy resting heart rate is around 60 beats per minute, and a trip to the doctors confirmed Mr Love had a dangerous abnormality- a hole in his heart that he’d had since birth,” Walsh reports. “His upper lung was also pumping into the wrong atrium of his heart – the right side instead of the left.”

“Standard procedure would have been open heart surgery, but in an Australian-first his surgeon Prof Wilson at the Mater Hospital went off-script,” Walsh reports. “Rather than cutting Mr Love open through his breast bone, his surgeon made a small key hole incision on his right side. He then used a daVinci 3D robot to patch up the hole, cutting the recovery time from 12 weeks to just three.”

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)

“Funnily enough Mr Love is studying robotics at university, and is now an Apple fan for life,” Walsh reports. “‘I don’t think I’d live without one now. I love it for the convenience but also the fact it just picked up something medically that I had no idea about and it potentially saved my life.'”

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  1. I wanted to like the Apple Watch but didn’t really find a compelling use for mine (and thus sold it). For sports, I greatly preferred my old Garmin with physical buttons. For everything else, well, I never found a use case where the watch was the best solution… It just added inefficiency and complexity. I’m sure that one day something will complement or replace my phone but for me, now, it’s just not the Apple Watch. But everyone else should buy one to help with my portfolio value, though. 🙂

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