'My Apple Watch saved my life' says diabetic who was found unconscious

Apple Watch Series 7
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What you need to know

  • Diabetic Joe Plumb says his Apple Watch saved his life after calling emergency services following thanks to fall detection.
  • Plumb's Apple Watch noticed that he had fallen during a diabetic episode and called paramedics.
  • Fall detection also informs emergency contacts of the fall as well.

We've heard stories of Apple Watches helping to save lives repeatedly in recent years but they always bear repeating — the more people that know about things like fall detection, the more lives can be saved. And it's Apple Watch's fall detection that saved the day here, too.

According to a Metro report, Joe Plumb was happily going about his day and felt fine — until he woke surrounded by paramedics. Unbeknownst to him, he'd passed out and hit the deck. It's then that the Apple Watch set about its business.

It was a typical lazy Sunday in November, from what I remember. I was doing the housework and getting sorted for the week ahead. It was going smoothly until the next thing I knew, I had a full team of paramedics calmly working around me as I slowly regained consciousness.

After the fall, believed to be related to Plumb's diabetes, the Apple Watch called paramedics and also sent a notification to his emergency contact as well.

The watch's fall detection setting was the hero of the hour. This feature can notice if you've fallen, and if you don't seem to move immediately it will give you five seconds to respond to a prompt onscreen. After, it sounds an alarm and alerts emergency services, as well as your designated emergency contacts.It also forwards your location and medical ID to the control room with your full details, including any medication you're taking.

Anything could have happened if it wasn't for Plumb's Apple Watch and he was obviously in no state to call for help himself. That's why Apple Watches are so important, especially for people who live alone and are a fall risk for whatever reason.

Thankfully, after two hours of pumping him with glucose, paramedics were able to ensure Plumb made a full recovery.

Here's how to set up fall detection on your own Apple Watch. You never know when it could come in useful. It really is one of the best Apple Watch features that we all hope we never have to use!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.