Apple Watch Series 4 Fall Detection Feature Saves Swedish Man With Acute Back Pain

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It's only last month that Apple debuted its latest Apple Watch Series 4 and its benefits have come into play. While the smartwatch features several changes inside and out, one of the most intriguing additions was fall detection. As the term suggests, the watch will detect any hard falls and then take forward the required actions. According to a Swedish publication, Apple Watch Series 4 notified emergency services for Gustavo Rodriguez when an excruciating pain struck while cooking over a stove. Let's see how fall detection came into play in a little more detail.

Apple Watch Series 4 Saves Man With Acute Back Pain Via Fall Detection Feature

Gustavo Rodriguez was cooking over a stove when the crippling back pain took over him. The immense pain and unexpected comfort made him collapse to the floor while the stove was still turned on. This is where the Apple Watch Series 4's fall detection came into play. The feature sense that an unexpected fall has occurred and offered to call the emergency services.

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Gustavo, 34, suffered a sudden back injury and fell paralyzed to the kitchen floor. “It felt like someone pushed a knife into my back,” he says. Luckily, his watch responded.


On Friday, Gustavo Rodriguez stood by the stove as usual and cooked food. Suddenly he felt a strange tension in his back and it became increasingly difficult to move the body. Gustavo tried not to think about it. “But then I moved the frying pan and it just hit me. It felt like someone pushed a knife into my back, says Gustavo.

He fell to the floor. The pain was so strong that everything went black. He could not move. Then the watch chimed and asked, “Do you want to call 112?”. “My Apple Watch had sensed the fall and wondered if it should make an emergency call,” said Gustavo.

Rodriguez was able to crawl to the living room and onto the couch. The phone was in another room which was impossible to recover due to the pain. He also called his mothe-in-law from the Apple Watch who could turn the stove off. The ambulance brought Gustavo to the hospital where a morphine injection was shot to reduce the pain.


Apple Watch does have a feature in which if you don't respond to the alert within a minute after the fall, the watch will contact emergency services on its own. The Apple Watch can call emergency services at any time once you press and hold the power button for a few seconds.

it's good to see that Apple's implementation of the fall detection in Series 4 is doing its job, even though it's just the start. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

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