Apple iPhone saves the life of a Manchester bombing victim


The modern smartphone is an amazing piece of technology. Not only does it make and take phone calls, allow users to access all of the news of the day, and help you stay connected to friends and family, it can also save lives. Besides being able to connect to 911 quickly and give an emergency dispatcher your exact location, there is at least one other way that a handset can save you from death.

As we've detailed a few times before, a smartphone has saved a life by acting as a protective shield, stopping or deflecting a bullet. Just this past week, an Apple iPhone gave up its life to save its owner, Lisa Bridgett, from severe injury or death. Ms. Bridget was a victim of a suicide bomber who set off a blast at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Bridgett was in the middle of a conversation on her iPhone when the bomb went off. A piece of shrapnel in the form of a metal nut was blasted through her middle finger, proceeded to hit her handset, traveled on to create a pathway through her cheek and was finally stopped by her nose.

As painful and serious as that all sounds, it could have been worse. Lisa's husband credits the iPhone for deflecting the path of the shrapnel and slowing it down. The bombing ended up killing 22 and injuring 64 people. Among the 22 deceased was the bomber. Police have arrested eight people believed to have been involved in the bombing.


source: BGR

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33 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad she's ok. It's nice to hear some good news coming out of this senseless tragedy.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed. I couldn't believe it when I read the news the other night. That anyone would make a point of specifically targeting children and teens is just plain sick. While I think it's wrong no matter the reason, targeting adults is usually done because of what they believe. Children and young teens OTOH are innocent, they can't vote and if anything are still trying to determine their beliefs. So to target them only serves to demoralize the community they come from. But it can also backlash against the terrorists and galvanize the victims to take action. It will also possibly prompt governments who were content to sit out this war on terror to take a side and take an active part in it. The terrorists may have just opened a Pandora's Box with this action and give them more than they can handle. Because it doesn't matter what differences civil societies have, one thing they all agree on is the protection of children. Now it's time for the terrorists to reap the whirlwind.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, according to the bomber's sister, he did that to avenge the death of well over 45 children killed by U.S air strikes...http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-mayadin-syria-dozens-of-children-killed-un-us-led-coalition-airtrikes/ And America heartlessly called it a mere collateral damage... Perhaps we ought to stop killing them in the first place...? #AllLivesMatter

6. NoAllegiance unregistered

America shouldn't be in the the Middle East at any given time, whether it is for trying to bring peace or negotiate trade deals. The next time children is gassed in Syria or the Middle East, they should handle it like this tragedy. Just be liberal about it and doing nothing, have tolerance. Also, they should not be mingling with the Saudis and the Israelis, but like many other presidents they are being duped into doing things that are out of their character because of the people they are around, like their party and their sponsors. But that's just my opinion, feel free to comment however you desire.

20. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yup, all western countries should leave middle east and them take of their problems themselves. Who gives a f**k anyway. *this could be a bit sarcastic*

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ok, what? First, I'd be happy to not send any troops to the Middle East. We should never have gotten involved there in the first place insofar as what didn't actually pertain to us (by that I mean Iraq). Second, what Trump is doing isn't out of character for himself personally or as president. He has a long history of dealings with both Saudi Arabia and Israel before he became president. He's not being influenced by anyone around him in that regard. And presidents meet with routinely foreign leaders, whether they have good relations with them or not. But perhaps we should do as you suggest and stay out of the affairs of other countries. The only problem with that is things that start out as minor issues may end up ballooning into huge issues if left unchecked. For example, if there is an outbreak of a deadly virus in a country that can't afford to remedy the issue. If let go, it can turn into a worldwide pandemic that ends up affecting us but now it's much more serious. Or if a country hell-bent on power or destruction starts working on nuclear arms, should we let them stockpile enough to obliterate the planet or try and block them from gaining such armaments? Maybe the US should've continued their isolationist stance throughout WWII. Everyone not in NA and SA would be speaking German and Japanese right now, if not dead for not being part of the master race. Now I will say that GW Bush going to war without UN approval was the wrong way to go period. It forced the hands of our allies to enter into a war that could've been avoided, specifically by going after the actual perpetrators of 9/11 rather than someone who, while far from innocent, had nothing to do with it in the first place.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You need to stop drinking... seriously.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@kiko post 7. What's wrong with his post? I actually agree with it. America isn't innocent bro. My friends brother fought in the gulf war, and showed some pics he shouldn't have, of children killed in daycares, and schools by US soldiers. I won't go into details, but those soldiers...lets say, enjoyed it.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I know America isn't innocent here. However, my problem lies in the rationalization of what the Manchester bomber did. The dude went into a concert full of children and their parental figures to cause mass despair. Those pilots in the airstrike mentioned were only doing their job based off intelligence they had available, I highly doubt they were doing it for s**ts and giggles. Besides that, this #AllLivesMatter crap is just a ploy to distract from oppressive behaviors throughout society. All lives SHOULD matter, yes, but as I have witnessed that isn't the case in many places. I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't like seeing that hashtag right next to a terrorist's reasoning for committing mass genocide.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post. #Icanrespectthatbro

22. chadrick0814 unregistered

Had you notified authorities, they could have gotten a warrant to retrieve the photos and the people involved would have been prosecuted like dozens others after someone reported photos from Abu Ghraib. So, you can add yourself to the list of people who aren't so innocent. But, the fact that there is a place that punishes people for atrocities rather than bragging about them makes a difference. And as much as people hate partnering with the US military, they still won't stop using the internet, which was created by the US military, while running their US based operating system on their US social media network, on board their US invented airplane or automobile. So, apparently they're not so innocent either.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Are you fk'n kidding me lol.

9. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I hate how we partner with the US, their armed forces are incompetent.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Did you just call the U.S military, perhaps the greatest military force in the history of civilization, incompetent? Are you f**king high? Do you know how difficult it is to: A) Cultivate intelligence in a hostile zone B) Verify said resources C) Configure a strategic plan D) Configure a unit capable of precision strikes? Of course you don't... you're just some idiot posting about something of which you know nothing. I have no clue what country you hail from, but make no mistake, without U.S. intervention the Middle East would be an even bigger s**tzone than it already has been for the better part of three decades. You know what, maybe Americans should stay out of foreign affairs. If the people from these countries would rather be offed by civil war, terrorist cells, and oppressive rulers who are we to interfere? Then again... with the Cheeto 'N' Chief currently running the U.S. government like a girl scout cookie startup up in Waco, I can see how the Anti-American rhetoric has gotten worse.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So why didn't he do that in USA (not that I would ever want that to happen anywhere)?

14. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

perhaps the local governments in the countries where these organizations take hold should do more to stem the tide so outside forces like the UN don't have to step in. Sad as it is that innocents, especially children, were killed in those airstrikes, how many innocents have been killed by the terrorists those airstrikes were intended for? September 11, 2001, Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando, Manchester, Paris, Brussels,Stockholm, Westminster, Berlin, Nice, The Charlie Hebdo Attack. There are lots more that don't get the same press because they weren't as deadly but just in the ones I named there are literally upwards of 4000-5000 innocents that were killed.

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yes it is terrible. But why the f**k are soldiers hiding in hospitals and schools? Because they are pathetic little loosers, who have no honour.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6719; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Two thumbs up man!! Well said. And exactly how many revenge seeking Syrian males are now living in other countries posing as refugees?! I read somewhere that there is an island not far from Australia that your government uses for their own illegal immigrant problems. Is this true?

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You know, most of the time I just take you for being oblivious in order to sound witty, but you've transcended that here. The big difference is the specifics of each location. One is in a war zone, the other is a music concert. In war, any war, there are civilian casualties, usually due to civilians being either unwilling or unable to vacate the area. In some cases, military will occupy civilian areas and keep civilians from leaving to act as a shield/deterrent for their enemy to attack. It's no different than a hostage situation. So when military forces occupy civilian areas, and civilians get harmed or killed, how does it make sense to blame their enemies? They are just as much, if not moreso to blame then their enemy for putting civilians in harm's way. But to do so and then blame their enemies for what happens next is extremely hypocritical. To say they did it to avenge the children who were killed in the airstrike, why aren't you asking why didn't they do the same to the people gassing children? Most likely if the US had stayed out of it, those children would've been dead just the same. At least the US was trying to save children's lives rather than implementing a strike with the sole intent on killing children.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's great that she was holding the iPhone, coincidentally, in a way to deflect the metal nut. Am glad she is fine.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

She was holding it right!

31. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

yeah.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Glad that the iPhone deflected the shard and she is OK. Still sad for the rest. There one word for this tragedy. "Pain", caused by the war in middle east. People forced to flee their home. "Pain", for losing someone in this endless cycle of hate and vengeance.

3. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Couldn't the title just say "Smartphone" instead of Apple iPhone? I love my iPhone, so much, but why do we sensualize phone models for a generic action of events? Couldn't any phone model stop the debris? Nokia. Sony. S8. Etc? Anyway.. good thing she's ok. What a tragedy.. Truly terrible

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The iPhone was involved in the deflection of the metal nut, so how could the author write 'smartphone' instead. The audience needs to know the model; it's an important part of the news. Your statement doesn't seem to make sense.

8. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

*Imagining if she was talking on the phone with an original 3310*

10. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

phone would STILL be working and would just have a new metal piece of bling attached to it. (do not take make joke as insensitivity, what happened there was absolutely horrible and sad)

12. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Eh?! Interesting choice of bomb venues. Ariana Grande concert?! Eh?!

16. mohandes1900

Posts: 3; Member since: May 27, 2017

very nice for apple

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