The Apple Watch is credited with saving another user’s life, as New York resident William Monzidelis’ wearable warned him of health issues related to an erupted ulcer.
The 32-year-old Monzidelis was working at his family bowling alley business, Bowlerland, on April 3, when he became dizzy and went to the bathroom, where he started bleeding. He soon received an alarming notification via his smartwatch telling him to seek medical attention immediately.
Monzidelis remembered that when he came out from the bathroom and told his mother, Nancy, he wasn’t feeling well, she said he “looked like a ghost.”
Taking his symptoms and the notification he received seriously, the Westchester resident had his mother drive him immediately to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital, Monzidelis began drifting in and out of consciousness, and bled from his mouth and rectum. He lost 80% of his blood, and required an emergency blood transfusion before being rushed into surgery.
“I lost so much blood that I needed a transfusion for the anesthesia to travel to my brain and put me out for the surgery,” he said.
Doctors credit Monzidelis Apple Watch with saving his life, saying he would have likely ignored his symptoms until it was too late. Monzidelis agrees, saying, “I would have been working in my office and they would have found me dead.”