The Apple Watch Helped Save a Teen Boy's Life

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The Apple Watch can do some pretty impressive things, but save lives?! We never expected that.

To our amazement, 17-year-old football player Paul Houle had his life saved with the help of his new Apple Watch.

Paul, who plays senior nose tackle on Tabor Academy's football team in Marion, Massachusetts, started feeling pain in his back and chest after practice one day last week.

"My Apple Watch, which I bought three days earlier, I tested my heart rate on it. It was about 145 for about two hours after the practice had ended," Paul said to WBZ-TV.

He told his trainer right away, who tested Paul's heart rate manually and then rushed him to the hospital. Paul had rhabdomyolysis, or "the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood," according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This condition can often cause kidney damage - scary!

We're so glad Paul used his head - and his watch - when things didn't seem right.

And so was his dad, Dr. Paul Houle. He told WBZ-TV: "I'm grateful to Apple. I'm grateful to the school because the trainers and the nurses, everybody really just jumped on it."

So happy that modern technology helped this story have a happy ending!


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