For Apple tech Geeks, Apple’s personal assistant, Siri, may be the definitive last word in why they own an iPhone, but now they have something else to boast endlessly about too, because now Siri also calls ambulances.
At least it did for one Australian mother when she found her child wasn’t breathing.
Of course, Siri doesn’t work on all iPhones, but Stacey Gleeson has been thanking her lucky starts that since last Christmas she now had an iPhone 6S, and she knew she could activate Siri from across the room.
Previously Stacey had thought of Siri of being little more than a smart gimmick, using it to call her husband Nic, away on active service in the Australian Navy, on loudspeaker while putting her children to bed.
“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,” Ms Gleeson told Australian news channel, Outlet 7 News.
The incident happened in March, and the child, Giana, had been fighting bronchiolitis and a chest infection when the young mother found her daughter wasn’t breathing.
As she ran into the room, Glesson said that she dropped the phone in her rush to be beside her child, and unwilling to leave Gianna, simply called out “Hey Siri” and asked the personal assistant to call an ambulance, and Siri did so.
As a result, Stacey was able to stay on the line with emergency services while she performed CPR.
By the time the ambulance arrived, Gianna was breathing again, and consequently, doctors believe that there has been no lasting damage. They also said however, that every second had been vital, and had it not been for Stacey’s quick presence of mind, the result could have been markedly different.