An Oklahoma woman recently shared how her Apple Watch saved her life two years ago after she first detected a heart problem she thought was nothing.
On a Thursday evening in January 2021, Judith Luebke was alerted by her watch that she had A-fib, or atrial fibrillation, a condition caused by extremely fast and irregular beating of the upper chamber of the heart.
Luebke didn’t think much of it because she was suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm at the time and thought her current situation might be related to stress caused by the recent loss of her spouse.
As she prepared for her remote job the next day, Luebke thought about seeing a doctor, but figured she was busy that day and could wait until the following week.
“I talked to my boss that morning…and I said, ‘You know, I have a meeting this morning. Maybe I’ll see the doctor after this, maybe I will, maybe I won’t — maybe I’ll wait until the weekend,'” Luebke told KSWO.
Her boss didn’t let her go with that thought, asking her to see a doctor immediately.
“She said ‘you have to go now,'” a demand that ultimately saved her when she learned she was diabetic during her hospital visit later that day.
Along with the diabetes diagnosis, doctors discovered she had extremely high blood sugar levels, a combination that could be fatal if not treated immediately.
“If I had waited until the weekend, I probably wouldn’t have made it,” she said. “That’s what I would have done if I hadn’t gotten the notification on my watch. I just thought with everything that was going on, I just didn’t feel good and I would go to the doctor when I got to the doctor.
With a clear mind after his treatment, Luebke realized the seriousness of his situation and concluded that his smartwatch had saved his life. So she emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell him her story.
Cook responded the same day, saying he was happy to hear from Luebke and to learn that the technology helped save his life, according to the outlet.
Luebke’s daughter, Shannon Bowers, was also grateful for the watch because it saved her mother’s life.
“I don’t know what I would do without her. If it hadn’t been for the watch, and if it hadn’t been for the people in her life – her boss and her other colleagues – telling her ‘no,’ you have to come in, and if she listens, she wouldn’t be here,” Bowers said.
Luebke added that his watch will now always be on his wrist.
“I will never be without a smartwatch again…it truly saved my life.”