Recently, Apple’s digital assistant service Siri helped save the life of a man after his vehicle flipped onto a dry bed, according to KSNV-TV. Nate Felix was driving his Jeep in the Nevada desert on December 7th and then it flipped.
Felix tried to exit the vehicle, but he was in too much pain. And he also broke two vertebrae — which made him 80% paralyzed. Since he was in a remote area of the desert, no one could hear him. And the cold weather would potentially give him hypothermia unless he acted fast. Fortunately, Felix’s dog helped keep him warm while he was pinned down. And even though Felix did not know where his iPhone was, he knew that the Siri digital assistant could help him out.
Felix tried to have Siri call one of his contacts first, but that did not work. Then he said “Hey Siri, call 911,” which ended up working.
After receiving the call, Captain James Perry and the Pahrump Valley Fire-Rescue Services rescued Felix using the jaws of life. From there, he was airlifted to UMC Trauma and released four days later. If Siri was not able to connect to the emergency services, then Felix may not have been rescued.
Felix told KSNV-TV that his 10-year-old daughter Dallis was on his mind while he was in trouble. Dallis lost her mom to cancer so Felix was especially determined to get home:
As of right now, Felix relies on a wheelchair since the two vertebrae that he broke were nerve endings for the arms and hands. But he is “getting better day by day.”
If you were inspired by Felix’s story, then you can donate to a GoFundMe page. The proceeds will be used to help him pay for medical bills.