My Apple Watch saved my life.
Please bear with me as I am new to Reddit but thought it may be the best place to say thanks to Apple.
I thought I would take the time to write to you about my recent events and to let you know that I am thankful for your efforts in developing technology as it has saved my life.
I am a 30 year old male living in the UK, living a healthy lifestyle and although knew of some issues with my history of my health thought I was at the time the healthiest I have ever been.
Back in April while nearing the end of training for the Brighton marathon and feeling like I was doing pretty well. When on the 5th of April I was getting palpitations all of a sudden which didn’t seem to stop. While wearing my Apple Watch series 4 which had just had the ECG function just released a week before i thought I would use it just to see what was happen when it flagged up with an atrial fibrillation warning it made me more concerned with what was happening.
With a series of events which ended up with me in accident and emergency that evening to being told that I shouldn’t do the marathon which was only 10 days away just on a precaution to now 2 and a half months later after a series of tests being told I need to have a valve repair surgery via open heart surgery sooner rather than later which is currently booked for Wednesday 3rd of July.
I would like to take this time to thank the Doctors and Nurses who have got me to this position where after a recovery period will be able to live a healthy long life.
But I do know that without my series 4 watch just giving me a little kick to get to A&E I may not be here today as I would have done everything to run that marathon which most likely would have killed me let alone ignoring the symptoms to the point of heart failure (blokes I know).
So thank you again for all your hard work.
Update 1: Firstly I wanted to thank everyone for their kind messages of support.
After being prompted to email Tim Cook he has responded with the following email which I am very thankful for.
I’m so glad you sought medical attention and you’re on the road to recovery.
Thanks for your note and kind words——your story inspires us to keep pushing forward.
Hopefully after this weekend I should have some more information about my situation after a pre-assessment and meeting with the surgeon.
Hey everyone, short update as I am currently in hospital the night before my operation. All will be fine and I will update this post when I can which will most likely be Friday.
On other news I had a telephone call from the Apple Watch PR team which was really great how they wanted to hear about my story and wished me the best to get well.
Thanks for following on from the original post and hope I will be able to post an update shortly with good news!