Apple Watch helps to diagnose teen's chronic kidney disease and saves her life

There have been a few stories about the life saving prowess of the Apple Watch. Last year, we told you about an attorney who was a boxer and in good health. But his resting heart rate as measured by the Apple wearable, one day hit 121 beats per minute against his usual 49bpm. The lawyer, a man by the name of Scott Kilian, went to the doctor and they soon discovered that he had four blocked arteries. The ensuing surgery, and the Apple Watch, saved his life.

The latest story revolves around 18-year old Deanna Recktenwald, a Florida teen who was sitting in The Crossing Church on a recent Sunday morning in Brandon, Florida. Suddenly, a warning appeared on her Apple Watch saying that her resting heart rate was as high as 190bpm. The notification told the teen to seek immediate medical help. Her mother, a registered nurse, wondered at first about the accuracy of the device. Nonetheless, she rushed her daughter to a walk-in clinic where the high heart rate was confirmed.

From the clinic, Deanna was rushed to the ER where she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Both of her kidneys were found to be functioning at 20%, indicating that a transplant will be needed in the future.

Deanna's mom says that her daughter's Apple Watch saved her life, and she wrote a letter to Apple to let the company know. CEO Tim Cook responded with an email and posted a tweet. All of the correspondence can be found by clicking on the slideshow below.

Check out the local news coverage of the story by clicking on the video at the top of this article.

source: WFTS



1. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

so.... no other watch with a heart rate sensor can alert if your bpm gets above a certain level??? the doctors didn't save her life... the "apple watch" cleared those block arteries

3. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Did you even read the article, or come straight to the comments just to spew your wore out, anti-Apple vitriol?

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Or you could just be objective and realize that by the time your kidney function reaches only 20%, you have to have ignored so many other symptoms you must be an absolute idiot not to know something is wrong. Speaking as someone who has kidney issues, this story is so farfetched it's ridiculous.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

You're telling me... she couldn't tell if her heart was beating at a rate thats nearly 3 times the norm... and then her MOTHER and REGISTERED NURSE concerned about the accuracy instead of just simply holding her hand up to her neck to check her heart rate and determine it was extremely high???? and you give credit to a damn watch for something that could easily be caught? you are the definition of a sheep and cult follower

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The watch could tell, my Gear S3 doesn't do it. Half the time I have to adjust it a few times, just to get a manual measurement.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Have you owned or used an apple watch? does it have difficulty measuring your heart rate? i say this because I am also the kind of dark skin and damn near every watch i've tried has difficulty reading my heart rate. i also have an irregular heart beat so i assume most give an error for that as well.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Never had an issue. I returned mine, cause they (the original and exchange unit) had wrist detection issues. They were Series 3 too

15. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

people are getting dumber all the time, now if you cant feel and understand whats up with your health maybe its time to buy apple watch to compensate that missing brain.. this is very sad, to see these kinds of posts, that some apple device saved life, when any other device could do same for people with less common sense. very sad story.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I will apologize on behalf of Apple for not cleaning her clogged arteries BUT credit is where credit is due..

2. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Hyperbole much?

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No wonder people said Apple is a cult..

5. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Let’s not all be grateful that technology is allowing stuff like this to be caught, no it’s far more important that we be angry that it was an Apple product involved and not the one you wanfed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Loving my Series 3. Just ran my first half marathon with it. I love loving Apple.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That must have been a really short marathon with GPS off :-D (nothing to see here, but standard Apple Watch battery joke)

19. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

My watch lasts me all day :D A little less when playing through my AirPods, but definitely way more than needed left over after running my first half marathon.

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

With GPS on, it is 4-5 hours. I kinda missed the "half" in that marathon :-D To be honest, 1 day battery life with light usage is pretty laughable. You can't even track your sleep unless you charge it first ... and when you are charging, you are not tracking your heart rate, steps etc.

24. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Like I said, I had plenty left over. No other smartwatch on the market fits my lifestyle and needs. I wanted a Gear but their app selection and developer support is piss-poor compared to watchOS. To each their own - the glory of being a consumer.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Glad that she got to know about her disease in time.

8. gamehead unregistered

Stories like this make me happy i own one

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good damn job Apple. That elevated heart rate feature, is one of the best things about the Apple Watch, and watches period. Kudos kudos kudos. Let the haters hate, that is a damn good feature, and it helped to save a life, by alerting.

18. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Wow, people, just wow. In the letter from the mom, she clearly states that there had been NO SIGNS of kidney problems. She also stated that when her daughter brought the high heart rate to her attention, being an RN the mom took her daughters pulse manually and got similar heart rate. It's not that the watch saved the girl and fixed the issues, it's just that it noticed something wrong with the person wearing it and notified them to get help.

21. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

All smart watch with heart tracking sensor can save lives. But of course sponsored by Apple articles won't mentions that important part.

23. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I used to own the Frontier watch, and it was utter trash, took that bad boy back. Also, what is the problem with having good tools to analyze, diagnose and improve health? Most people can't tell if there's a change in their systolic pressure until it get in the upper 190. Furthermore, most can not differentiate between a resting pulse of 80 b/s vs 110 b/s. Why do you think in home, blood pressure monitoring devices have exploded? Including pulse ox.

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