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Woman’s Apple Watch helped save her life after detecting heart problem

Callum Jones

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Woman’s Apple Watch helped save her life after detecting heart problem

Featured Image Credit: KSWO

An Oklahoma woman's life was remarkably saved after her Apple Watch detected a heart issue she knew nothing about.

While they may just be a simple piece of tech, we've heard many stories over recent months and years where an Apple Watch has saved an individual's life.

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Perhaps the most unbelievable one saw a woman 'buried alive' by her husband able to call 911 on her watch, which more than likely saved her life.

Now, one woman is telling her story of how the Apple product saved her life.

On one freezing Thursday evening in January 2021, Judith Luebke was alerted by her watch that she was A-fib, a heart condition caused by extremely fast and irregular heartbeats.

Speaking to KSWO, Judith said: "I got a notification on my watch that I was in A-FIB. I talked to my boss that (Friday) morning.. and said, ‘you know, I’ve got a meeting this morning. Maybe I’ll see the doctor after that, maybe I will, maybe I won’t — maybe I’ll wait the weekend,’” she explained. “And she said ‘you need to go now.’”

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Judith Luebke's was alerted to a problem by her Apple Watch. Credit: KSWO
Judith Luebke's was alerted to a problem by her Apple Watch. Credit: KSWO

Sensibly, Judith drove straight to the hospital where she found she was diabetic - a condition she was completely unaware she had at the time.

Alongside that, the Oklahoma woman had critically high sugar levels. That alongside the diabetes discovery is a deadly combination and would have been fatal.

"If I had waited the weekend, I probably would not have survived," she added.

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"That’s what I would’ve done if I’d not gotten the notification on my watch. I just figured with everything going on, I just wasn’t feeling good, and I’ll get to the doctor when I get to the doctor."

Her daughter, Shannon Bowers, also spoke to KSWO about the January 2021 affairs, admitting she is now grateful her mom took a trip to the hospital on that January day.

Bowers said: "I don’t know what I would do without her.. If it hadn’t been for the watch, and if it hadn’t have been for the people in her life — her boss and her other coworkers — telling her ‘no, you need to go in’, and her listening, she wouldn’t be here."

The watch ultimately saved her life. Credit: KSWO
The watch ultimately saved her life. Credit: KSWO
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Following some treatment and having the chance to touch back in reality, Judith acknowledges the Apple Watch did save her life.

She subsequently sent Apple CEO Tim Cook an email telling her story, with the company's head-honcho expressing his pleasure the watch saved her life, according to KSWO.

Topics: News, Apple, Health, US News, Technology

Callum Jones
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