Siri can be pretty handy, but who would have thought it could save a life?
A mom from Cairns, Australia, is crediting the Apple program for saving her one-year-old daughter after she stopped breathing.
When Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter Giana was turning blue from a lack of oxygen, she ran to her baby’s side, but accidentally dropped her phone. Remembering her iPhone’s voice activation function, Gleeson used the trigger phrase “Hey Siri” and instructed the software to call an ambulance.
Once on the line, an emergency operator was able to guide Gleeson through CPR, which helped save her daughter’s life.
“Before I knew it the ambulance was on its way and Giana was breathing again,” the mom told Australia’s 7 News.
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Dad Nic Gleeson also added that the time saved to physically call an ambulance made a crucial difference. “It might have given the precious moments Stacey needed to revive Giana,” he said.
Since the incident, which occurred in March, Gleeson’s daughter has made a full recovery.
The mother’s story has only now gone viral after she reached out to Apple. “As cheesy as it sounds I wanted to say thank you,” the mom told BBC. “I've only had the phone since the start of the year. I had played around with Siri, I thought it was a fun feature. Now I have that feature turned on all the time and it will never be turned off again.”
Voice activation for Siri isn’t available on all iPhone models, however, Gleeson has an iPhone 6S. The mom is now urging kids and parents alike to “be aware of the abilities of their phone” in case of an emergency.
“It's helped save our daughter's life,” she told 7 News, “and I never thought I'd have to go through something like that.”