Apple Watch saves the life of a 17-year old football player; Tim Cook rewards him with an iPhone

Apple Watch saves the life of a 17-year old football player; Tim Cook rewards him with an iPhone
Paul Houle, a 17-year old who plays nose tackle for the Tabor Academy football team, credits his brand new Apple Watch for saving his life. Houle had just wrapped up a practice session when he started feeling pain in his chest and back. Using his Apple Watch, he discovered that he had a heart rate of 145 for two-hours after practice ended. After calling his trainer, Houle's heart rate was checked manually, resulting in an immediate visit to the hospital.

Houle was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition that results when heavy exercise leads muscle cells to leak enzymes and proteins. Rhabdo can lead to kidney failure and death. Drinking plenty of water can help hold off rhabdomyolysis. "Drink lots of water and also listen to your body and seek help if something is wrong," said the teenager.

While Houle will miss the entire football season, he will be able to snap pictures of games with his new Apple iPhone. When word of the incident reached Apple CEO Tim Cook, the executive took some time out to personally call the teenager. Not only did Cook offer the student a brand new iPhone, he also gave him an internship at Apple for next summer.


source: CBSNews via MacRumors

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40 Comments

1. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Good! But an internship at Apple? How did he earn that?

2. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

You have to die for the brand

8. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Working for Apple ? The last place anyone would want tovwork for a bullie company and place. Alot of very bad negative reviews people have left. Luck favoured him. Even selling your kidney wont help.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why not? A kid's life was saved and it's good publicity.

5. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I was hoping Cook saw some potential in him cuz of his school performance tho. But yeah, thats one good publicity.

25. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

He discovered that he had a HEART RATE OF 145 FOR TWO-HOURS AFTER PRACTICE hmmmm

7. carlemillward unregistered

I also do not get that part, but then again anything for PR marketing. Look at Microsoft and that boy...

21. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Because this kid's story gave Apple PRICELESS free marketing. Apple would have paid MILLIONS to a marketing company to generate this buzz. Why did that need to be spelled out for you ????

29. matistight

Posts: 892; Member since: May 13, 2009

He could make millions if he is a really good football player, so idk if apple will be the better choice haha

41. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

With the health condition he has, fat chance of that happening. Even if he made it somehow to the NFL and an NFL team hired him, they could be held liable if he died due to this condition. His Apple internship might be the best opportunity he's got, might as well take it.

38. alumoyo

Posts: 389; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Exactly - getting into Companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft etc is pretty hard. They pick only the best of the best. So giving him a "charity internship" when he doesn't actually meet the standard could see him crash and burn badly. Can easily ruin his life!

39. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's only an internship.

42. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Getting an internship at big name companies can be very competitive as well, especially if it's a paid internship.

45. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's only an internship.

4. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

heart rate can be checked with any of the devices out there using back flash , let alone samsung devices with heart rate monitors , who knows how many lives wer saved with other devices but THIS COMES ON NEWS Since its "...."

18. shm224

Posts: 210; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

USA! USA!

6. carlemillward unregistered

It is a bit of a broad stretch, technically it is the heart rate sensor in the Apple watch. But nevertheless.

30. matistight

Posts: 892; Member since: May 13, 2009

Technically, whoever listened to him and took him to the hospital saved his life. All his watch did was say "yeah, your heart is beating hella fast," not "Your heart is beating irregularly. Would you like me to call you an ambulance?"

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good job Apple!

16. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Yeah good job Apple.

26. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Tim cook has really proved to be an excellent CEO of apple , i like his direction and dealing with matters

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Awesome CEO, and really laid back.

10. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

So he had to use his iWatch to discover his heart was beating like crazy? Would think most people would notice that without an inaccurate piece of jewelry. But then again, Apple fans aren't the most aware bunch around.

11. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Just another marketing ploy from Apple trying to act like they care.

22. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Apple is an evil company that cares about NO ONE.

12. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

heart rate of 145, and you cant feel it you need watch, wtf, this is some BS> copy paste from microsoft, difference timmy saves money giving just iphone, microsoft gave full arsenal to that boy who bring self made watch to school, APPLE looks like sales is not going so well if you guys put this kind of BS on internet.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great post ;)

19. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Great post. But i thought you was gonna correct him on his ,"cant, when it's can't". You always look for mistakes on other users post. When you make mistake on your own post. Wait, just because he's not saying negative about Apple , it's ok?

15. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Reward or Punish hmmm.....

20. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Obviously they are gonna punish and wash him .

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