MARION, MA (WCVB/CNN) - A high school athlete said his Apple Watch helped save his life.
The 17-year-old Tabor Academy senior was at football practice when something felt off.
"I had pain in my chest and my back whenever I took some deep breaths,” senior Paul Houle Jr. said.
He would have chalked it up to a hot day on the gridiron, but his Apple Watch alerted him to something serious.
"I could just feel my heart pounding, so after practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,” Houle said. “I noticed on my Apple Watch."
The Apple Watch takes your resting heart rate about every few minutes or so. Paul knew there was a problem when his resting heart rate was more than double his average.
Paul went to the hospital, where he learned he had heart, liver and kidney failure, which could have been fatal if not for his watch.
He can't play football just yet, but he has something else to look forward to - an internship next summer with Apple.
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