Tim Cook receives letter from 76-year old man whose life was saved by the Apple Watch

Based on several incidents that we have told you about, it would seem that there is a valid reason to call the Apple Watch a life saver. The latest story comes out of Hong Kong where 76 year old Gaston D’Aquino was sitting in church, feeling fine. It was April 1st, and D’Aquino spotted an alarm on his timepiece telling him that his heart rate was too high. Familiar with previous situations where the Apple Watch provided a prescient warning to others, D'Aquino skipped Easter lunch with his family to go to the hospital.

At the hospital, D'Aquino told the doctor that his Apple Watch sent him, and that otherwise, he was feeling fine. Just to play it safe, the hospital ran an EKG (Electrocardiagram) and the result led the doctor to refer D'Aquino to a cardiologist. As it turns out, two of his three main coronary arteries were completely blocked, and the other was 90 per cent blocked." At the hospital, doctors lauded the Apple Watch for its accurate readings.

After having a balloon angioplasty, Gaston is now out of the woods. He wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook informing him how the Apple Watch saved his life. Cook responded with a missive of his own. "Gaston, I’m so glad you sought medical attention and you’re fine now. I appreciate you taking the time to share your story. It inspires us to keep pushing. Best, Tim."


As a result of his story, D'Aquino's son-in-law bought an Apple Watch for his wife, and many of his friends also purchased one. He wants everyone to read about what happened to him and adds, "Listen to the warning. I could have gone for lunch, but I chose to go to the hospital. It gives you a choice. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will do it."

source: SCMP

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40 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 569; Member since: May 02, 2016

Apple watch AKA super man .. we got it

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As a fitness nut, I can honestly say that I love the Apple Watch fitness features, and heart monitoring approach. That alert that you can set for BPM is awesome. Some people who’ve had a condition for awhile may not realize something is wrong, cause they just always s feel a certain way. Kudos to Apple on this, and to the haters...put yourselves in that mans shoes before running your mouths. He’s alive, and outta the woods at least for now. Also don’t come talking about what other watches have these features, cause he doesn’t have the other watches, he has an Apple Watch. Well done Apple...

3. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Well Apple Watch is not more than OK, but here I see nothing but blatant ad.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s what you choose to see. I see a letter about a man, who had a medical issue that was brought to light, and he’s ok. That’s what I see.

13. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So, now I'm not so goodhearted and compassionate person as you are?? Well! When you say so!

23. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

no one said you are not goodhearted and compassionate. if that's what you choose to see yourself ? fine :)

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

38. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Although not personally a fan of the apple watch or smart watches in general it is fantastic that it was accurate enough to let him know there was some sort of issue that otherwise may have gone unnoticed until it was too late.

25. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Does it must be the Apple watch to do that, or many other smart watches can, too?

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What watch was he reported wearing?

37. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

People with bad health should start wearing smartwatches these days. Kudos to Apple for making thin watches and small enough for these older people. I am younger so prefer larger watch like that Samsung watch. Still wearing my Breitling Super Avenger so no smartwatch for me yet.

5. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 82; Member since: May 02, 2017

Nothing but publicity stunt. You gotta hand to Apple for these kinds of propaganda.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Even if that was the purpose, they make a great smart watch, and the goal of big business is the bottom line dude. The X factor is, if these letters are actually true.

14. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Not 'if that was the purpose'......but that was exactly the purpose!!!

21. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What was exactly the purpose? Did Apple seek this guy out, find he had clogged arteries, then put the watch on him? Leftist logic is an oxymoron.

22. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

My fault assuming you were a leftist (your username). But to have a “purpose”, and be a publicity stunt, Apple would’ve had to arrange this scenario which they obviously didn’t. “A publicity stunt is a planned event designed to attract the public's attention to the event's organizers or their cause. Publicity stunts can be professionally organized, or set up by amateurs.”

26. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The good point is the old man remembers to charge his smart watch regularly. If he forgot to charge his watch more than a few days, he probably wouldn't have the chance to tell the story today.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Do you even know what a publicity stunt is?

6. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Google,Microsoft take note of this,there is literally no wear os advertisement and marketing's in sight where people can buy i know it's got introduce this year to replace android wear but still it's dead in water as android wear,also a little late now and Microsoft should introduce one even they don't got their own smartphone os they can make it compatible with Windows 10 and android,ios smartphones to give consumer choices.Only samsung with tizen is close to it.Apple watch series 3 is a great device with LTE atleast we got basic features for our own needs and it's true utility usage.well done apple on ur marketting and advetising of ur apple watch.Watches need more competition don't turn this market into another duopoly of 2 horse race between tizen and timepiece,there need to be more choices with a mainstream os.common msft make one its not too late compare to smartphones time while google hurry up ur little late on ur offer over it.

39. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

what the hell point are you trying to make?

7. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am only going to say this, 3 completely blocked and one 90% he would have known a long time ago he had heart problems. Not saying the watch didn't worn him, just saying there something off about the story.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He needs to eat healthier, and hit the gym...that’s for damn sure.

28. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

He would be dead! The story may be true but that part is complete bull. That's why i cannot take articles like this seriously.

29. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Most of these AppleWatch stories do have a very high "ignored all the warning signs prior to the Apple Watch notifying them" aspect. My dad had only one main artery blocked 80% and he in hindsight ignored so many warning signs. This guy should barely have been able to move without his body throwing massive warnings at him by the sound of it. If you really think about it, it starts saying more about those who wear it than the device itself.

10. whatev

Posts: 2204; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I wonder what fandroids would say if this el news was about Samsung or any other smart watch besides apple, I’m sure they would be praising the watch and the brand, but since it’s actially the opposite of what they want then this is a publicity stunt...double standards, double standards

12. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope, rather you believe it or not I would have said the same thing about the story being off. It's great he got a warning.

17. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

You are wrong! I wouldn't be praising anyone's Logo for such a basic feature, that could be found on any $40 bracelet. I praise the feature. Good for the old man! Happy for him! There are many others, though, that couldn't manage to the news.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Okay let’s be honest here, you asked what would Fandroids say if the case was with samsung or other smart watches. But then again don’t you think the Apple fans reply would be similar to what Fandroids reply are here?double standards are on both sides.

30. whatev

Posts: 2204; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I wouldn’t even mind if it was an android watch cause I don’t care about android, and I’d be glad that any piece of technology (no matter the brand) could predict any disease so that could save a person, I wouldn’t be trolling an article just because I’m on a crusade against a company that doesn’t even know that I exist, do you understand my point?

36. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I did not say one thing bad about the watch. My problem is with the story. The man is lying about thinking he was healthy and had no signs of anything wrong with him. You don't have 2 completely blocked arteries and one 90% blocked and never had any symptoms before. If it took the watch to finally make him go to doc good for the watch.

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