Pregnant woman falls asleep on her Apple iPhone 7 and ends up with second degree burns

Pregnant woman falls asleep on her Apple iPhone 7 and ends up with second degree burns
If you usually watch streaming videos on your charging smartphone while lying in bed, you might want to keep this story in mind. In Australia, Melanie Tan Pelaez had her Apple iPhone 7 plugged in while at the same time she had hit the sack. She fell asleep, and when she awoke the next morning, something was wrong. Her right arm was red, and she felt pins and needles up and down the length of it.

After taking a trip to the hospital, Doctors told her that she had suffered a second degree burn which had come from a foreign object. At the ER, Melanie was treated and released (by the way, did we tell you that she is pregnant? No damage was done to the fetus). The doctors told Ms. Tan Pelaez to check around her bed to find the source of her burn. When she returned home, she realized that her iPhone 7 had caused the injury. Markings on her arm matched the phone and the charger.

Melanie then took her phone to the local Apple Store, where she was told that the unit lacked a certain distinctive smell that would have proved that it was at fault. Still, her phone was packed up and shipped to Cupertino for testing. While Tan Pelaez was offered a new iPhone 7, she refused to take it because she no longer trusts the device even though she has been an iPhone user from the very first model. She has not yet filed a lawsuit against Apple, although that remains a possibility. Meanwhile, the victim has met with a plastic surgeon and some painful surgical procedures appear to be on the horizon.

Covering a charging phone with a body or a pillow prevents any air from circulating. That makes the phone extremely hot. If you stream movies while stretched out in bed, make sure that you leave room for your phone to circulate air. And unplug the phone from the charger if you must use your phone in bed. Otherwise, you could find yourself waking up with severe burns on your body, just like Melanie Tan Pelaez did.

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1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013


22. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

Yes bro... Note 7 never explode to harm like this aluminium foil iBomb 7...... (Thanks, at least Samsung has packed there note 7 between to bulletproof glasses instead of aluminium foil.)

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude say what you want, but the Note 7 got recalled twice, got banned, and is no longer even made. I can't believe you'd even post something that stupid, but then I've seen your other posts. Go on YouTube, and look at some of the Note 7 incidents caught on camera, and get back to us. You continue to post like a dumb ass 12 year old.

46. Kibzara

Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

at least note 7 is recalled and Samsung is working to fix this issue, but iPhone is in stock and keeps firing up more and more often, and no one bats an eye...

47. aegislash

Posts: 1514; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Isolated cases such as this do not equate to 100+ devices catching fire in under a few weeks.

49. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The thing is that they are beginning not to be isolated. More and more are beginning to be reported.

52. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

But after the ban no one Note 7 ''exploded''. And no one US lab found anything wrong with Note7 yet. Don't you have a questions?

54. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"And no one US lab found anything wrong with Note7 yet." No labs have published their report yet genius......

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Note 7 did have 100 devices catching fire. In the USA 92 people said they felt the device was overheating...just because it got hot. Overheating can mean different things to different people. My device got hot a couple times. I don't see it as overheating. It get hot under load because it doesn't have active cooling. However, on 26 actually in the USA caught fire. Also theer are still at least 500,000 peiople still havign a Note 7 and theer are no new reports of issues. I till have mine. Even though T-Mobile pushed an update to it for 60% battery charge, I used ODIN and falash the original firmware from when the phone was released and I can fully charge the device. I'm glad update didn;t lock the device and prevent me from changing the firmware. I love my phone. It gave me no issue. But your claim that 100 device caught fire is BS and simply is a complete lie.

80. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

lol... Yeah but non of the 100 or the 500 got this effect on the users. iBomb all the way to Iraq hahahah

61. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you wanna know how dangerous sleeping on a phone is, try putting one under a pillow wilhile charging as an example. Before you say it wasn't charging, we see no device at we.

62. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014


64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He still stated a fact. If she had laid on her Galaxy S7 or even the Note 7, I would say glass could have mad her suffer a similar injury. But the fact is, I've fallen to sleep with my Note 7 in the bed and even under my pillow with no issue. It's jsut hit or miss. His posts is no more stupid as the post all the Note 7 haters were posting. He is giving hem back the crap they gave us. I have no problem with it and neither should you. HE's obviously trolling. But in this case I will give an exception because the iPhone fanboys act like their sh** don't stink. Now it really stinks and they re ignoring it.

66. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"But the fact is, I've fallen to sleep with my Note 7 in the bed and even under my pillow with no issue." Just admit you WANT to commit suicide..... because what you just said is a cry for help. "It's jsut hit or miss. His posts is no more stupid as the post all the Note 7 haters were posting." Only the Note 7 was ACTUALLY dangerous..... "HE's obviously trolling. But in this case I will give an exception because the iPhone fanboys act like their sh** don't stink. Now it really stinks and they re ignoring it." Get a f**king life already..... you're 40 years old! You mad because your favorite phone got shelved? Fine. Deal with it like a man and stop bitching!

86. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


57. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You are an effen idiot! Why start a Note 7 vs iPhone war.. ridiculous. This a bummer that the lady got hurt any way you look at it. It's NOT a Samsung vs Apple argument. I've also fallen asleep with my phone under me or with it covered up and it does get quite hot. Not as hot as this one though!

44. DellB

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Phonearena trying very hard not to bash the iPhone. The story is carefully written so as not to apportion any blame to the iPhone. They seem kind of apologetic to the iPhone. I'm sure that if it was a Samsung phone, the headline would have read something like this: ANOTHER SAMSUNG PHONE CAUSES DAMAGE TO A PREGNANT WOMAN, WOMAN THREATENS TO SUE. Can't manufacturers simply turn off charging when a device gets dangerously hot. I mean, that will require only a few lines of code. Oh, by the way, I own a Nexus 6p.

2. alexiboat

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 13, 2016

This year's iphone sucks. Waiting for iPhone 8 though.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

How did she continue to sleep while her arm was burning? I just don't understand that. And the whole story seems fake.

4. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

she must have been really tired or something.. Lucky it wasn't near the baby

9. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Lannister, I think this is a half baked story. PhoneArena is nowhere mentioning the fault of Apple here instead warning the people not to use any phone that way(which is obvious & acceptable) but still nowhere Apple is blamed by the website here (instead giving theories like air wouldn't pass this that Sh!t). Having said that, I would really like phonearena to come up with complete story & give some negative credit to Apple where its due.

15. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Yes because phonearena is like cnn and msnbc they always try to save crooked apple by doing false negative article on its rival samsung.its kinda strange that even after note 7 recall there are plenty of note 7 out there and none of them are exploding. Screw you trollarena.

11. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Apparently radiation is not painful... There's a lady in kenya whose phone melted into her boobies and passed away

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I was about to say that. ^^^ Just because this pregnant lady didn't feel pain from the burn while asleep, doesn't mean this story is fishy, as such case of not feeling pain from a burn isn't a new thing. But investigation is needed before jumping into a conclusion.

28. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Anything that destroys your tissues is painful. Pain is not real pain, it's just a signal our neurons carry when they detect tissue damage.

34. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup, but kinda like how you can boil a frog if you heat up the water gradually, we react the same way, especially if asleep. Our bodies don't actually measure temperatures as much as they register temperature differences, so if the difference is low and steadily rising, there you go.

50. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well sometimes you don't feel pain from a sunburn tell a few hours later.

68. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or never!

67. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All you have to do is GOOGLE - Body temperature of a woman while pregnant. The bodies normal temperature is around 98 degrees. When pregnant it can be has high as 105 and it is considered normal. If the phone had only heated up to 100 degrees, she wouldn't have felt the heat because her own body temperature was higher. Its the same has any hot surface or even hot water. In order to feel the heat of water, it has to be hotter than yoru own body temperture. So for hot water to actually feel hot to you, it would have to be hotter than 98 degrees. Thsi si simple science we were all taught in school. Articles liek this proves just how dumb and uneducated people are. if you waast to busy being a stupdi fanboy, the article makes a very clean fact... SHE WAS PREGNANT. Everyoen who has ever had a child or had a wife who is pregant, knows that the body has to be warmer tahn normal for the incubation period. When my wife was pregant, I coudlnt even sleep next to her because her body temperture was so hot at roughly 102 degree. In order to feel HEAT. THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT. TO FEEL HEAT...THE HEST SOURCE MUST EXCEED YOU BODIES OWN TEMPERTURE. The source does not have to be hotter than your body's own heat to burn you. Metal and glass can tollerate heat to 100's of degrees. Anythign that 90 degrees can burn yoru skin. That doesn't mean you need to feel it. After all, explain how your body is 98 degrees, yet you can get sunburn in 80 degree heat? Because sunburn has nothing to do with your body heat. Its about how hot the heat source was, being applied to the same spot for a long period of time, which is why you get sunburn. Sunburn isnt cause just by heat. Its a steady temperture of heat being applied to the same area over a long period of time. if you moved in the the same sun heat, you wont burn because the heat isn't concentrated to a single area. That is why she got burned. Because the heat was concentrated to a single area. Even though the heat source itself was less than her own body temperature. I don't even have a college degree and never been to college and I know this. I bet several of you have degrees and you dont even know this. Shows you that a degree is just what it is, a piece of paper. I thought you fanboys have such high IQ's. As you see a high IQ doesn't mean you are smart. As soon as you saw she was pregnant, a light should have went on in your head. But it can't, because it just an empty space between you all's ears. Her body temperature was higher than the phone burning her skin, which si why she never felt it burning.

26. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

She's pregnant and having a baby is stressful and tiring. If she wasn't that tired, she would not have slept on her phone.

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