'I blacked out': Apple Watch pulls mother and baby out of a nasty car accident

The Apple Watch, the world's most popular wearable, is at it again, after fighting potential shark attacks or not-so-potential heart attacks. This time around, it's the SOS function that kicked in, when Kacie Anderson and her 9-month-old son were hit by a drunk driver. The mother's car was hit so hard, that she suffered a concussion, brain swelling, torn neck muscles, and herniated discs, so the accident left her rather battered:

The "command" in question can be simply holding the side button for two or three seconds, and the Watch automatically alerts both 911, and your emergency contact. It was the first time Mrs Anderson actually had to use the SOS function, in the two years since she had the watch as part of her lacrosse and basketball coaching practice routines. Her son was secured on the back seat, so he was not injured as badly. 

Thanks to the Apple Watch SOS function, though, both were able to receive timely care by the paramedics, preventing an even bigger disaster. Word to the wise - do turn that function on, and charge your Apple wearable regularly. Mrs Anderson even wrote to Apple to thank them, but it's unclear if she got the famous "wow" treatment by Tim Cook himself.

source: Shape via 9to5Mac



1. Foxgabanna unregistered


13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Is it that hard for you to accept Apple watch does really save lives around the whole world on a daily basis?? It shows how stubborn and hateful you are towards Apple with any good reason. Shameful actually.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While absolutely amazing that a wearable saves this person's life and many others. It's absolute nonsense the Apple Watch saves lives on a daily basis. Besides, that's like saying every smart device around the world able to dial emergency number is saving lives.

21. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Every single other smart device can dial 911 as well. It's a very basic feature that most devices have, and it's definitely not worth writing an article over, just because this time it was an Apple device, instead of any other device. PhoneArena at it again.

42. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

It doesn't look like her life was ever in danger. It looks like a minor hit and she could have just as easy used a phone to call an ambulance, police etc.

2. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

And my Gear S3 has the same function. The way the article presented you would have thought it the damn watch pulled her and the kid out of the car.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Gear S3 have all the functions in the world but non of those work in a timely manner when needed.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep trying to convince yourself of that.

18. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Wearing Gear S3 is the safest. You will never have accident. Becaused no one wanna hurt you homie.

22. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

If someone ever wonders what people mean when they say strange things such as "iSheep", then you just have to look at this guy and then you have a picture perfect example.

25. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

Hitting the home button 3 times is not timely enough? I realize Apple offers simple products. If you can't hit a button three times you should stay in your ecosystem Tizen/Android is above your pay grade. Also the way Samsung implements it is far superior. With Samsung you can have it contact 4 people. Here is a perfect example of why Samsung's implementation is better. Say I am out snowmobiling and have to leave the group and go back by myself. Something happens it sends out a message to 911 and to someone in my group. Who is going to get there faster. Many of the trails I ride are miles from a road let alone a plowed road. People from my group can rescue me and get me to a road all well my S3 is sending my location data to 911 call center. For an urban scenario I send out my SOS my contacts then can call 911 and help them. Allergies, medical history, what I look like, what I was driving etc. Please tell me how Samsung did such of poor job of implementing their "function".

3. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Android wear needs this in UK.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With Android Wear you can use your voice reliably to call anyone.

4. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

“Apple Watch pulls mother and baby out of a nasty car accident” Seriously? You are that stupid phonearena.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

You are the stupid one who couldn't read between the lines and understand what it says. We all know a watch cannot pull a mother and a baby out of a car. But we have a brain to think how it happened. Apple watch called emergency services and they did that. Is it so hard for you to grasp small things like that in life? Are you retarded? LOL

23. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

So the exact same feature that most watches have? That has been a feature on watches for a long time, not even just smartwatches, but quite a few normal watches has a "rescue signal" feature as well. This is nothing new. Are you beyond deluded? Yeah, you are.

26. whatev

Posts: 2417; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The thing is that almost nobody uses android watches and therefore the probability of these devices saving lives is so minuscule because the three people using them should have an accident like once a week or something to make it statistically relevant

32. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

What kind of ridiculous response is this? Want to bet that the amount of people who use normal watches combined with android smartwatches massively outnumbers the people who use Apple smartwatches. Why do you even bring this up? It doesn't even relate much to my reply.

37. whatev

Posts: 2417; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m actually triggering your butthurtness, if you don’t like PhoneArena why even bother coming here then clicking an apple article and going beyond commenting something that won’t add anything to the discussion and won’t change the fact that this girl save herself and the baby cause she remembered to use this feature on her watch? and also your rant won’t even have any impact at all and won’t change people’s minds or lives, why are you doing this to yourself?

31. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Practically magic"

5. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Hahahaaaaaaa y'all really hate Apple, side note though. I really thought the Apple watch had a physical form from the way you guys titled this article.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

its a nice feature... but does it take a skewed article to write about it?

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

she blacked out... was able to touch her watch.... she used the SOS function which damn near everything has.... just like that "potential" shark attack when the guy swam out too far on his board and got scared.. this is pathetic marketing at its best iMarketarena

8. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

I'd like to think that passers by might see the accident and call the emergency services. Saying that I'm sure there are certain places where those people would just pretend to call, rob you of your Apple watch and then drive off.

10. whatev

Posts: 2417; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Apple the most successful and relevant company in the world saving lives, haters are shook and butthurt

33. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

38. whatev

Posts: 2417; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I know, but those aren’t as successful and relevant companies like apple :3

44. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The watch did nothing spectacular. The woman pushed the required buttons on her watch needed to call 911. Now if both her hands / arms were broken? Would her watch have saved her then?

11. Tipus

Posts: 906; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

That's one strong iWatch :)))

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Failed to mention she had her iPhone in her hands when the accident happened to begin with, but hey let's pretend we're total morons and buy into this BS. Let's mention the damage to the car isn't all that consistent with her supposed injuries. That's at best a 30mph impact, likely even less. If she did sustain those injuries she should wear a seatbelt next time and be less preoccupied with her phone and mind her surroundings.

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