Man trapped in Haiti under debris uses iPhone apps to help him survive

Man trapped in Haiti under debris uses iPhone apps to help him survive
An American filmmaker trapped in the earthquake in Haiti has his iPhone and his quick thinking to thank for still being alive. He used iPhone first-aid apps to treat his injuries until he was rescued 65 hours after being trapped. Dan Woolley was caught in a pile of debris following the quake. He treated a compound fracture of the leg using an iPhone first-aid app. Using the same app,  Woolley fashioned a tourniquet for his leg and a bandage for his head. With the first-aid download warning him against going to sleep after a head trauma, he set the iPhone's alarm to wake him every 20 minutes. All of these things helped because 65 hours later, a grateful Woolley was rescued. During the ordeal, Dan's wife tried to remain positive. She thought, "Wherever Dan was, God was holding Dan in the palm of his hand." And for Dan, in the palm of HIS hand was the device he used to find the information he needed to stay alive.

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source: MSNBC


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24 Comments

1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I think God deserves the real credit. Mainly for helping him survive, but also helping keep the iPhone battery going. I don't think many cell phones would've stayed charged that long.

12. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

nope not at all say alot about the serivce provider just happy he thought of that in a tough situation

23. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Most of the posts I've been reading people mentioned they didn't know how his phone still worked or stayed charged... did you all read the whole article? Whether you believe it or not, God got him through it, even if He was keeping his phone going. Proof stands right in front of people yet they can't see.

2. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

It's official. iphone is the must-have device in third world, poor countries to improve quality of life and help save you in the event of an inevitable national disaster. US$599? Wait a minute. NEVERMIND.

3. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

don't worry, all the corrupts down there will pocket all the US aid and will be able to afford it anyways!

8. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Those comments are so retarted guys...the article is about having Tech stuff in a disaster situation...Doesn't even have anything to do with Haitians or third world countries.

9. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

No, the article is about having the wonderful and glorious iphone with its endless catalog of useful apps. My comment was a mere jab at how this wonderful technology carries a large premium over similar but affordable devices. Kinda a socio-economic discrimnator, but then again, isn't that what Apple has been about since it's inception?

14. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Someone is a little jealous of a successful company.

19. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

yeah, Apple makes a wonderful device, its just a good thing he wasn't using it on AT&T's network when the earthquake happened. Gosh, he must have also had that phone hooked up to a diesel generator considering it went almost 4 days on the same battery charge while having the alarm go off every 20 minutes and downloading/using apps. Not to mention his leg and skull were broken but not the iphone screen. Man, that is one hell of a damn phone. Either that or its bullshit. My money is that it was bullshit.

4. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

maybe instead of sending water we should send iphones. because you know how important one american who has a good lifes iphone is. -_-

11. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

wow are you serious dude get a life, or at least knock on wood for such a stupid comment

5. scottmbolt unregistered

I wonder how much Apple paid him to make up this little bed time story...

7. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I think Steve Jobs caused the earthquake to get positive press for Apple leading up to the new iTablet. :P

10. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

dude the story is on yahoo.com apple ain't paid this man anything fool

6. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Yo that's awesome go Iphone

13. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

good thing he wasn't in the U.S. or else he wouldn't have been able to establish a connection with ATT.

15. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

...and thus wouldn't have been hit with a massive earthquake to begin with...

18. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

yeah, that is unless he lived in the pacific cost, Hawaii, Alaska, mountain west, mid-atlantic, or the southern part of the U.S.-all of which have fault lines and all of which experience earthquakes. Maybe he lived in Rhode Island...I doubt they have earthquakes there.

24. Remus

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I think what he meant is.. that the earthquake in HAITI..... wouldn't have actually had any sort of effect on him. Seeing as how he would have been on the mainland US. Not, sugguesting that earthquakes never happen in the US ..cause thats silly.

16. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

LOL to these comments.. but seriously 65 hours ... and the thing was still holding a charge? and the alarm went off every 20 mins to keep him awake? seriously? come on man... the guy broke his leg and smacked his head but the iphone was invincible? didnt break wasnt out of reach and stayed on that long using an alarm and apps ? get that phone come kryptonite! its a superphone! .... C'mon man!

17. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

yeah, i was just thinking about that too and i'll have to call B.S. on this. He must be a paid informant for ATT/Apple, they do have them everywhere nowadays (media, blogs, etc). Everyone who has ever played with an iphone hands-on knows that it is somewhat of a battery hog. Its better than most WinMo phones are, but no better than a BlackBerry. He maybe got through a day, day and a half tops with moderate usage, and I use the term "moderate" very generously.

20. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Any news, especially news of this nature, gets told so many times that by the time it reaches the end of the pipeline it's pretty ridiculous.

21. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

The only thing i cant comprehend is the battery. How did it keep going? Maybe he was trapped near the only working outlet in haiti with a charger.

22. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Airplane Mode??? Nah, Bettery would still be dead.

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