Woman credits AirPods for saving her life

Airpods 3 With Case Right Earbud Lying In Front Of Case
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What you need to know

  • Susan Putman experienced a freak accident at her floral studio.
  • She was able to use her AirPods to call 911 and save her life.
  • The story highlights the ways that everyday devices can help in a life-threatening situation.

We're very used to hearing stories about the Apple Watch helping someone out in a dire situation but this story is all about AirPods.

As reported by People, Susan Putman, a florist from Bernardsville, New Jersey, was working on a floral arrangement in her studio with her AirPods in when she experienced a freak accident.

"I was working on a four-foot horseshoe wreath, and I stepped back to look at it and I forgot its box was sitting on the floor," Putman tells PEOPLE. "I must have been very conscious about not smashing the wreath because I tripped and flew maybe 8 ft. in the air and my head landed against these metal poles."

When Putman realized that she was bleeding from her head, she used her AirPods to call emergency services. She credits wearing her earbuds for why she was able to get help right away.

"When I reached to my head and felt that it was bleeding, I realized that my AirPods were in," she says. "There was a lot of blood and I freaked out, but I immediately said, 'Hey Siri, call 911.' ""The only thing I remember is the two police guys getting there and one is holding a towel to my head, and he says to the other one to tell the ambulance to get there right now because I was losing a lot of blood," she says. "Honestly, if it had been another 15 minutes, I'm not sure I'd be here. There's no doubt about it — if I didn't have my AirPods in, I would've died."

While using a voice assistant to call emergency services isn't new, Putman has since found that many people are unaware they are able to use such a feature.

"I have a 25- and 27-year-old daughter, and they had no idea," she says. "I've had so many friends buy AirPods as a result of this and learn how to use Siri."

Putman even emailed her story to Apple CEO Tim Cook and received a response. She's since been sharing her story widely as a way to help educate more people on the potentially life-saving features contained in their everyday devices.

"I just think spreading the word is a really good thing," she says. "Hopefully this might help somebody else."

Apple currently offers the 3rd generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. All three headphones work with Siri if you were ever to find yourself in a similar situation.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.