Iphone Apps Save Lives

There is a plethora of gizmos and gadgets you can download from Apple’s App store. If you’re willing to part with a few of your hard earned pennys, it’s possible to convert your phone into¬† a torch, tilt it towards your mouth to drink a virtual beer or just blow out a gust of wind to extinguish candles.

One thing very few of us would have been able to foresee is the effectiveness of the iphone in a life or death situation.

US filmmaker, Dan Woolley, was in Haiti at the time the horrific natural disaster struck, visiting the country in order to produce a documentary about the impact of poverty.

After being buried by a pile of rubble, Woolley used his camera to snap shots of the wreckage so he could seek out a safe dwelling. After finding refuge in an elevator shaft, Woolley then used his iphone’s first aid app to fashion a bandage and tourniquet for his leg and stop the bleeding from his head wound.

The App, named Pocket First Aid and CPR, even warned him that he shouldn’t fall asleep if he felt as though he might be going to shock. Upon receiving this advice, Woolley set his phone’s alarm to chime every twenty minutes. He was confined within the rubble for a total of 65 hours before a French rescue team came to his aid.

“I just saw the walls rippling and just explosive sounds all around me,” Woolley said to MSNBC. “It all happened incredibly fast. David yelled out, ‘It’s an earthquake,’ and we both lunged and everything turned dark.”

Woolley’s incredible story highlights the implications of an age where it is possible to be hooked up to the internet 24 hours a day, with a wealth of features at your finger tips. Here, technology has allowed a man to instantaneously gain knowledge that transformed him into emergency first aider which, quite probably, saved his life.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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