There are already a few people who owe their lives to Apple Watch. I myself would not be alive, if my Apple Watch had not woken me up with the low frequency alert that morning when my heart was beating at 25 beats per minute.
Today we explain how they used an Apple Watch on a premature labor that came by surprise in the middle of a transoceanic flight. The device served to control the pulsations of the newborn, once born.
Raymond Mounga was born 11 weeks ahead of schedule on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 28. His mother, Lavinia Mounga, went into labor mid-flight.
Both the baby and the mother were lucky, as a doctor and three nurses were on board, and they went into action to attend delivery keep the baby stable until the flight landed hours later in Hawaii.
The Dr. Dale Glenn, a family doctor at Straub Medical Center, helped with the nurses to bring the baby into the world, and devised an emergency plan to keep the preterm newborn stable after delivery, until he could not enter an incubator for premature babies .
Glenn commented after getting off the plane that the instruments on board were not adequate to care for a premature baby, who was born at 29 weeks instead of the usual 40 weeks. So they improvised a warmer to maintain the baby’s temperature with bottle warmers that were in the microwave. They also used a Apple Watch to monitor the heart rate of the newborn baby, while landing the plane.
After landing, the mother and baby were transferred safe and sound to the Kapiolani Medical Center, where Raymond will have to spend a few weeks in an incubator until the two can go home. Good news with a happy ending.