iPhone App Saves Man’s Life After Earthquake in Haiti

Mon, Jan 25, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

With so much bad news surrounding the recent tragedy in Haiti, it might do everyone some good to hear of something positive that came out of the tragedy, thanks to the good folks at Venture Beat.

After the earthquake hit, it left American documentary filmmaker Dan Woolley trapped in Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. Woolley had a compound fracture in his leg, an injury that, along with the collapsed walls surrounding him, meant that he would not be escaping from the rubble on his own.

Luckily, Woolley had been traveling with his iPhone, and due to the help of an app created by the American Heart Association called “Pocket First Aid & CPR” (which costs $3.99), he was able to learn how to dress his leg wound, and also discover that falling asleep in his injured state could put his health at an even greater risk.

That app, combined with the iPhone’s alarm feature, helped Woolley stay awake for the 65 hours that he was trapped before rescue finally arrived. That was four dollars well spent, if you ask me.

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