A British great-grandfather survived being hit by a car after his Apple Watch automatically called emergency services for him.
Tony Jauncey, 82, was crossing the road near a roundabout in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England on January 19 when a motorist hit him.
The great-grandfather was thrown into the air by the force of the impact and landed on his back, causing him to break his collarbone and crack his ribs. He was also suffering from severe bruising to his right leg.
“I was going back to my car, which was parked at Aldi, and I was crossing the road when I felt a thump,” he told SWNS. “The next thing I saw was the bumper of a car in front of me.
“This roundabout is very dangerous, it always has been. The driver cut the turn and didn’t see me.”
Heart-stopping surveillance footage shows Jauncey halfway down the road when the black car hit him, sending him flying on his feet and scattering his belongings across the street and sidewalk.
The occupants of the car quickly stopped the car and rushed towards him, as did several other passers-by.
As the eight-year-old lay shocked on the ground and “wasn’t able to move”, his Apple Watch dialed 999 for him after detecting the impact from the crash, according to SWNS.
“The watch detected a fall and asked me if I wanted to call the emergency services,” he told the British news source. “I could have canceled the request by pressing a button on the side of the phone but I left it and as a result the phone dialed 999.”
He relayed his location to emergency services and paramedics and the police arrived minutes later. They rushed the 82-year-old to Russell’s Hall Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and spent a week bedridden for his “life-changing injuries”.
The retired accountant, who has since returned home, received the watch for Christmas and said the device “saved my life”.
“The modern technology and the capabilities that we have are just incredible,” he said.
Whether he had the watch or not, Jauncey would have gotten the help he needed as three off-duty nurses rushed to him after his fall and put him in a comfortable position while they waited for the ambulance.
“There were a lot of people who came to help, which really calmed me down,” said the Briton.