Runner credits Apple Watch for saving his life after fall in ER bathroom leads to brain surgery

  • 14 Aug - 20 Aug, 2021
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A Long Island man is opening up about a terrifying experience he recently went through in hopes of helping others in similar situations. Brandon Schneider believes the life choices he made leading up to the moment he collapsed in an emergency room bathroom last month are the reason why he survived and is now on the road to recovery. Schneider, who works as a Peloton Sales Specialist and a Level I certified running coach, explained in his post that he initially went to the ER on July 12 after "days of increasingly excruciating abdominal pain and misdiagnoses of a kidney stone." At one point during his visit, Schneider said he asked to use the restroom – but the events that followed are a complete blur to him. Luckily, Schneider was wearing an Apple Watch at the time – a smart device he believes was part of the reason that he survived. "I was only found unconscious so soon after the fall because my Apple Watch detected a hard fall, calling 911 and sent an emergency notification to my emergency contacts after I failed to respond to the prompt on my watch," he wrote in the post. Now, Schneider is on his road to recovery. As he continues to take it day by day, the Long Island resident is counting his blessings – and urging people to do two things: prioritise their physical fitness and set up the emergency contacts on their Apple Watch or other smartwatches.