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Life saved by an Apple iPhone and Words with Friends

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Life saved by an Apple iPhone and Words with Friends
In this day and age of smartphones and apps and mobile communications, you never know when the person that you are speaking to, or playing a game with, might somehow save your life or the life of a loved one. According to the Kansas City newspaper Ozarks First, an resident of Blue Springs Missouri, Beth Legler, had been playing the Scrabble-esque "Words with Friends" on an Apple iPhone for about 2 years. One day she was matched up in a game against Georgie Fletcher from Australia. Mrs. Legler and Mrs. Fletcher became friends playing the game and fate was about to step in to save a life.

While the two women were on different continents playing "Words with Friends", Mrs. Fletcher mentioned that her husband was feeling ill so Mrs.Legler asked her to turn on the chat feature of the game to pass along the symptoms. After all, her husband is Dr. Legler, and once he heard what was troubling Mr. Fletcher, he suggested that the latter head for the hospital immediately. It was life saving advice as Mr. Fletcher was diagnosed with a 99% blockage in one of his arteries and could have died quickly. "Had I not had that random opponent all that time ago…” Mrs. Fletcher said about the incident, "I just think Beth and I were meant to meet on this game."

Whenever you are being scolded by someone about why you carry around and look at your smartphone all of the time, or are asked why you waste your time playing games on your phone, just remember this story and look at the person squarely in the eyes and say, "I'm just preparing to save your life."

Of course, too much of an obsession for the game can be bad for you. Just ask Alec Baldwin.

source: OzarksFirst, MacObserver via TUAW

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posted on 16 Jan 2012, 22:48 11

1. johnny9000 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


The iphone didn't save a life, human communication did. If any person on the planet happened to be a doctor or have a close relative who was a doctor and spoke to a friend in this situation, it would have been the same result (and I'm pretty sure that has happened many times). Remember when people used phones to TALK?!

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 23:08 4

2. Lucasonic (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I think the fact of that matter is that since Words with Friends has a simple chat feature, it gave the ability for two strangers to communicate and take action on the matter. Sure, she could have called the doctor about the symptoms her husband was having, but it wasn't like she was contacting the other woman through Words with Firends about the matter as an emergency; she simply mentioned it as a topic of interest and concern. And besides, its not like they would have talked on the phone, or even texted each other about it either; all we know is that they're only friends through the game and nothing else.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 09:57 1

12. DaveyJE24 (Posts: 54; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


I think this article is crap. Cool the APP saved a life, but how the heck does the iphone do it? That app is on so many different devices, platforms, etc. Phone arena continuing to suck off apple cool.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 00:29

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


*like*

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 05:13

4. harvinder2111 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Okay... so while her husband was supposedly dying with 99% blockage of arteries she was playing "Words With Friends".... hmmmmm.....
yeah sounds ok to me

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:40

6. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Men are great at hiding and denying symptoms. When my father-in-law had his first heart attack, he sat there with sweat pouring off his body denying he needed a doctor or hospital.

Later on, his remark to his daughter that he needed an eye exam because his vision seemed blurry, led to the discovery that his carotid arteries were blocked - 75% in one, and over 90% in the other.

So she's not sitting there playing a game while he writhes.

A friends husband recently went to the doctor because he was feeling tired. They ran some tests, then put him in the hospital for some more. He needed a heart valve replacement and had an aneurysm the surgeon said was the biggest he'd seen. They said they were surprised he could even walk into the doctor's office.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:40

5. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so, other than the fact that they were using an i4, what did it have to do with the story? the game is multiplatform, it could have been any phone. it being an iphone had no actual relevance to the story at all.
OI.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:42 1

8. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and honestly the game almost KILLED her husband, not saved it. Had she not been a total moron, she would have gotten off the phone to call 911 when her husband started having symptoms instead of texting a stranger back and forth about it waiting for responces.. then calling 911. I wonder how much extra time it took for her to decide to call. The signs and symptoms of HF/HB are kind of OBVIOUS.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:41

7. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


I don't understand how an online game between a woman and a man led to the wives being friends?

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:43

9. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the game was between the 2 ladies. the one just asked her husband about the other's husbands condition

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 09:26

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the game and the phone were just the means for someone to be doing the right thing, at the right place, at the right time. that part isn't relevant, this story just goes to show that even playing WwF could just very well be what you're supposed to be doing at times.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 12:01

13. krazdjokr26 (unregistered)


you guys really hate apple huh? lol wow! do you guys have other lives besides cell phone wars?

i think the author of this article added "iphone" in it for fun just to get you all but hurt...lol IT WORKED!!!

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 14:50

15. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


No I don't hate Apple. But let's face it, this article is misleading. The game WWF saved the husbands life. Not the use of the Iphone.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 12:57 2

14. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


iphonearena strikes again!

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 22:06

16. silver0681 (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Wow remfixa are that hard up to bash android you have to attack semantics yes wwf app saved a life BUT guess what the article brings up IPhone cause the users was using an iPhone not android. I'm sorry your precious android as not mentioned get over it move on and get over yourself you don't have to comment on every iPhone post on phone arena. It's old drawn out and annoying to go read an article and see you whine about how phone arena is unfair cause they wrote an article on iPhone. Yet praise every android article you curse apple fan boys yet are a supermega jock riding android nut yourself you hipacrit I am a android users and I'm tired of hearing you

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 06:28

17. mobileappsfor (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Its incredible to do something like that with an app, maybe that why this app is so popular, the game have more than 14.9 million users of this game in a month and more than 6.7 million users playing the game daily on their smartphone and on Facebook. The game gets its earning through ads, ad-free paid version as well as various in-game purchase options. mobileappsfor.net/

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