Apple Watch saves another life

Apple Watch saves another life
Just the other day we passed along the story about a Florida teen whose chronic kidney disease was discovered thanks to the Apple Watch. Today, we have a new report about another life saved thanks to Apple's smartwatch. It appears that on April 3rd, 32-year old William Monzidelis was working at his family's bowling alley in New York City called Bowlerland (it's in the Bronx in case you're interested). He was taking a bathroom break when he started feeling dizzy, and began to bleed. At the same time, his Apple Watch told him to seek medical attention immediately.

Once out of the bathroom, William told his mother Nancy, who was also working at the alley that day, that he didn't feel well. She took one look at her son, who in her words "looked like a ghost," and rushed him to the hospital. In the car, William started seizing and losing blood. In fact, doctors say that Monzidelis lost almost 80% of his blood during the episode. At the hospital, they diagnosed him with an erupted ulcer and gave him an immediate transfusion just so the anesthesia could reach his brain and put him out for the emergency surgery that followed.

Now "feeling like a million bucks," Monzidelis says that the Apple Watch saved his life and his doctors concurred. They believe that since he was healthy up to the date that the ulcer burst, he would have ignored the symptoms and ended up dying without the notification from the Apple Watch. He hopes that those skeptical about tech learn from his story.

source: WNBC via AppleInsider



1. TechGirl90 unregistered

An inanimate object didn't save a life, a loved one, as well as physicians did, all it did was alert the victim of the health situation, it did no action to rectify the issue. These are gadgets, we need to remember that and stop trying to put these objects on pedestals.

2. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

So the fact that he was bleeding all over the place, feeling faint and dizzy, looked like a ghost wasn't enough for him to seek medical attention? Only when his watch pointed out that he was at deaths door did he do something about it? I'm sure the actual story sounded better first hand. The way this is written is just opening up the Apple watch to abuse much like the last 'life saving story'

4. TechGirl90 unregistered


7. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Apple Watch - your personal health meter display :-D We need this function "doomed" asap. "For people that are too stupid to know bleeding = bad"

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

No no no no. Its normal to bleed all over the place and be dizzy.......Apparently at least its normal for apple users.....Properly the same people looking at their AW or iphone to conclude the sun is shining. Instead of looking out the window....

16. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

No, you're confused. Bleeding is bad. Bleeding money is normal.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Another apple BS propaganda!

5. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

First, I'm glad that the gentlemen is feeling better and is recovered. Second, the watch didn't save him. If he didn't have the watch, wouldn't the dizzyness, bleeding or his mom telling him he didn't look right been enough? In this instance, the alert from the watch had nothing to do with it since his symptoms were very eveident.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple haters be like "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!" lolzzzzz

9. miketer

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Is there no logic in the above comments, for you to comment in such a way?

10. gamehead unregistered

Here comes the haters

11. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What you're saying is that Apple watch owners, when they get dizzy and are bleeding, are not bright enough to head to the hospital without the watch telling them to? Kind of like the student who programs their classes into their Apple phone, doesn't listen to the teaching assistant telling them there is no lab the first week, and then argues with the TA when they show up for the non-lab, saying "But my phone says I'm supposed to be here!"

12. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Wow. Like Mighty Mouse to save the day.

13. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 33; Member since: May 03, 2018

Not even addressing the apple watch but if this story is true it is honestly pretty amazing the guy lived if he truly lost almost 80% of his blood. That is some serious hemorrhaging of blood to survive.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All that matters, is that the guy is alive. Good job Apple with the health alerts. Let the haters hate.

15. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 162; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I dont like apple at all but credit where credit is due that watch was instrumental in saving him by warning him otherwise he could have thought it was a transient thing and the outcome could have been fatal so hats off to you apple !

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Except it wasn't instrumental, it didn't even play a significant role. If dizziness and profusely bleeding isn't enough of a warning to seek immediate medical aid, but your Apple Watch is, then you are a damn moron and no offfense humanity would be better off without you. It may sound harsh but if we start depending on technology instead of common sense we as a species are doomed. What's next, standing in the middle of a railroad crossing with a train powering your way at 60mph, but as long as your Apple Watch doesn't warn you nothing's wrong and you won't get killed?

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Glad the guy is ok, come on the watch didn't save his life.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yesterday my Wear OS smartwatch saved my life, Google maps was running on it and it told me to take a left turn. If I hadn't I would have run my car into a wall.

20. jimmies

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Actually, I know the sister of this girl. Her name Deana Recktenwald. She was sitting at a church service when her heart rate went above 190 when she was resting for 10 minutes, so she told her mom and they went to a walk in clinic, which then rushed her to the hospital. They found she had a kidney disease that they were unaware of.

21. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

The point is that apple watch alerted him before his serious symptoms, i have an apple watch and it measures your heart rate periodically all day so thats great.

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